Jim Huggins is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where he currently partners with and advises senior executives in corporate engagements and leadership development programs to optimize strategy execution and succeed in challenging, dynamic environments in the academic, medical services, and energy (oil and gas exploration, production, and distribution) sectors. He has additionally overseen engagements in the financial services and telecommunications sectors.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Jim served in the US military for 35 years, retiring as a Lieutenant General. In his final position, Jim served as the Director of Operations for the United States Army and as the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army on joint matters, National Security Council matters, and the politico-military aspects of international affairs. In this role, he directed the resourcing, restructuring, and execution for 1.1 million soldiers, 330,000 civilians, and a $170 billion budget. Prior to this role, he served as the commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division from 2010 to 2012 and NATO Regional Command South (Kandahar) Afghanistan.
From leading small teams through leading some of the largest organizations in the Army, Jim gained extensive hands-on experience in every facet of leading operations, from strategy development to workforce management to solving complex operational challenges. He is a sought-after speaker, giving speeches on leadership to organizations around the country. Throughout his military career, Jim deployed on 7 combat tours and 3 operational deployments around the world.
Jim received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science from Central Michigan University.