Victor Thorne has joined Columbus 2020 as managing director of strategic development.
In his new role, Thorne’s mission will be to grow the Columbus region’s reputation as a preferred and optimal location for entrepreneurs to launch and turn their innovative ventures into profitable and sustainable world-class enterprises.
“Victor brings a background of both investment and operating management experience to Columbus 2020, spanning Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial ventures,” says Kenny McDonald, CEO of Columbus 2020, the 11-county regional economic development entity. “He will be a tremendous addition to our organization.”
Thorne began his career at Morgan Stanley and has consulted for Lucent Technologies’ Supply Chain Networks and Coffou Partners, a retainer-based executive search firm. Most recently, he was a director at TechColumbus and the Ohio TechAngel Funds, the largest angel investment network in North America.
Additionally, Thorne is co-founder of Broadline Capital, a global investment management firm, which received the industry award for Asia Venture Deal of the Year, named by Private Equity International in 2008.
Thorne completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, earned an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and participated in Harvard Business School’s executive program on supply chain management. He serves as a member of the boards of directors at five technology companies in Central Ohio, the board of trustees for Columbus Academy, and the executive board of the Chicago-based non-profit Jobs for Youth.