Alumnus James A. Fortner ('87) Has Helped Spur Procter & Gamble Global Expansion

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Fortner Honored as 2014 Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Informatics

An economics and information systems graduate from NKU, Jim Fortner immersed himself in IT, taking on internships with General Electric Aviation and working with many companies in the area with projects in systems development.

Perhaps most notable from his years as a student was the day he met his wife, Julie, on the volleyball court in the rec center, with whom he now has five children.

Fortner's emphasis on hard work and family has shaped the work he's done as a vice president of information technology and Global Business Services for P&G Worldwide, a company with which he's developed an expansive career since 1989.

As P&G expanded globally in the 1990s, Fortner globalized its IT data center operations in both Europe and Asia.

In 2010, Computerworld named Fortner a Top 100 global IT leader.

Recognizing Our Incredible Alumni

Earlier this year, NKU’s office of Alumni Programs teamed with Norse Media to produce a series of short films that debuted at the 2014 Alumni Awards Celebration. These “micro documentaries” — which we’re going to feature here for the next several weeks — tell the stories of nine incredible NKU alumni, from an athletic prodigy-turned-school-principal, to a HAZMAT unit specialist, to a beloved NKU professor, to a popular TV news anchor.

Nominate an outstanding alum for next year’s celebration.

James A. Fortner
Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko, NKU