Kim Korth founded IRN Inc. (www.think-irn.com) in 1983 to offer strategic advisory services to middle market manufacturers. As president and owner of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company, she has spearheaded its growth into a leading consulting firm for global automotive suppliers.
Her work has centered on helping suppliers understand the dynamics and structure of their industry, and how they should position themselves to compete in an increasingly volatile worldwide market. Her primary role has been in management consulting and planning, guiding companies to establish sustainable strategies for growth and improved financial performance. The 15-person IRN currently provides market intelligence and strategic support to more than 200 firms.
Korth has been an active participant in industry since 1980, beginning her career at Prince Corp., acquired by Johnson Controls Inc. in 1996. She currently is a member of the board of directors of Stoneridge, Marathon Automotive Group, Shape Corp., Burke E. Porter Machinery Co., Unwired Technology LLC and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association. She also is a member of the Society of Automotive Analysts and is on the advisory board of TAG Holdings.
Korth earned a bachelor or arts degree from Western Michigan University in 1977 and a master's degree from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, in 1980.