Jim McArthur, a former utility equipment sales executive, has joined the Mississippi Development Authority as deputy director.
McArthur brings nearly 20 years in business development, marketing and economic development to the post, the MDA says.
Previously, McArthur served for three years as regional sales director for Itron, formerly SmartSynch. At Itron, a provider of energy and water management equipment for utilities, McArthur marketed the company to utilities throughout the Southeast.
Before joining SmartSynch, McArthur served as director of business development for Yates Construction’s Gulf Coast Division, which encompassed the Southeast U.S. He also served as a liaison to local, state and national economic development agencies and worked with local economic development agencies, as well as MDA, on major economic development projects. Additionally, he led marketing efforts for Yates’ healthcare, civil and military divisions and was involved in recruiting new businesses to Mississippi.
McArthur has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Mississippi, and he is a graduate of Leadership Mississippi. He has also served on the board of directors for the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the Mississippi World Trade Center.
McArthur fills a post left vacant by the 2011 departure of Whit Hughes, who left as the MDA’s deputy director after four years to become president of P3 Elevation LLC.