Jim Yarbrough leads BSI’s team of intelligence analysts and assesses the potential threat of supply chain disruption to governments around the world and to a number of Fortune 500 companies. These assessments are integral to BSI’s Global Risk Analysis & Data Evaluation (GRADE) system designed exclusively for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the C-TPAT supply chain security program.
By utilizing BSI’s proprietary data and worldwide resources, Mr. Yarbrough manages the quantitative assessment of over 20 separate variables that threaten global supply chains. These assessments include BSI’s global threat ratings of Cargo Theft, Un-Manifested Cargo Introduction, Counterfeiting, Supply Chain Corruption, and Sea Piracy. In addition to areas of supply chain security, Mr. Yarbrough also provides threat assessments related to corporate social responsibility and business continuity, including threats of human rights violations, poor working conditions, labor disruptions, and natural disasters.
Mr. Yarbrough has also developed a unique study on acts of terrorism that specifically target supply chain infrastructure, personnel, and modes of transportation. This study is being used today by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.
Mr. Yarbrough previously served as a Research Associate with the Center for International Trade & Security at the University of Georgia. There, he conducted on-site assessments and provided analysis on foreign export control regimes and border security practices on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Earlier in his career, Mr. Yarbrough served as an Import Manager for a multinational flooring company and has first-hand knowledge of international trade requirements.