Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has joined the board of directors of Alpharetta-based logistics software firm RedPrairie Corp.

Mr. Pawlenty’s two terms as governor began in 2003 and ended in January. During that time he worked with a $50 billion biennial budget and about 30,000 state employees.

RedPrairie officials said this government experience will benefit their company moving forward

“Tim’s public and economic policy background will be very valuable to us as we pursue our growth plans for RedPrairie,” the company’s board chairman Alok Singh said in a news release.

Mr. Pawlenty said he was drawn to RedPrairie because of its involvement in the global economy.

The company has offices in the U.S. and Europe, and CEO Mike Mayoras told GlobalAtlanta in August that company officials are increasingly focusing on emerging markets in Asia as well as Central and South America.

To see a GlobalAtlanta interview with Mr. Mayoras, go here.