Previously Thornton served as Futurist and Researcher at the Center for Advancing Business through Information Technology at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University;
Faculty and Executive Director of the CIO Institute at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley; and Executive Moderator at the Center for Corporate Citizenship,
Carroll School of Management, at Boston College. Thornton's insights have appeared in the Harvard Business Review; the Financial Times; the Wall Street Journal;
the M.I.T. Sloan Management Review; American Demographics; USA Today; BusinessWeek; and on National Public Radio. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Carnegie-Mellon University,
Thornton is a columnist at Computerworld and CIO Decisions and has served as an advisor to the Founding Editors of Fast Company Magazine.