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Jimmy Rayford



JR picJimmy H. Rayford, Jr. is currently President of Broadcast Cable for Belden Inc., a publicly traded company that produces and sells connectivity and networking products into a variety of markets. As President of Broadcast Cable, Jimmy is a key leader within Belden’s Broadcast platform. In his current role, Jimmy has global P&L responsibility for the approximately $175M broadcast cable business. He focuses on accelerating organic and inorganic growth while also expanding operating margins through his key principles of leadership, strategy and execution. Over his 4 years with Belden, Jimmy has had a number of leadership roles including, Vice-President of Business Development, Division President, Director of Marketing and Plant Manager.

Prior to joining Belden, Jimmy worked for Danaher Corporation, a Fortune 200, science and technology leader that designs, manufactures and markets innovative products and services to professional, medical, industrial and commercial customers. During Jimmy’s three years at Danaher, he served as Director of Operations and Director of Project Management in Danaher’s Motion platform.

Prior to Danaher, Jimmy worked at Sanmina-SCI as Site Engineering Manager and Operations Program Manager. Jimmy started his career with IBM as an Industrial Engineer. He had a number of operations roles at IBM and went on to become an Engineering Manager.

Jimmy has 16 years of progressive leadership in multiple international organizations. With an emphasis on strategy, execution and leadership through sustainable process development, he has been able to create winning cultures that drive break-through improvement. His specialties include: Leadership and Talent Management, Communication, Strategic Planning and Execution and Lean Manufacturing.

Jimmy holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013. He was awarded the John R. Malone Academic Achievement Award, an award for the top academic student in the graduating class. In 1997, Jimmy graduated Cum Laude from Clemson University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. Jimmy, his wife Bailey and daughter Reese currently reside in Indianapolis, IN. In Indianapolis, Jimmy has served as a mentor and has given lectures at local area high schools. He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and his family is a member of Jack and Jill of America.

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