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Kevin E. Johnson, Human Resource Business Leader at Arconic

Kevin Johnson

Kevin E. Johnson is a proven leader and Human Resource executive with over 15 years’ experience combining corporate strategy with practical service solutions that drive business results through employee engagement and process improvement. His broad based background includes senior HR leadership roles in Supply Chain Manufacturing, Distribution and Operations, global refining, and consumer products companies; he is very seasoned and has demonstrated success with managing and interfacing with business executives with expertise in the following areas: labor relations, managing multiple facilities and regions, start up facilities with advanced technology, employment law, strategic planning and implementation, succession planning, union negotiations and union avoidance, performing organizational diagnostics, and executing executive-level training programs. During his career, he has driven global strategies and maximized employee engagement. Additionally, his efforts have increased productivity, market share, and stakeholder value by placing the right people with the right skills in the right roles. Mr. Johnson has successfully designed innovative, yet practical approaches to learning that result in measurable improvements in the workforce and organizational performance. As a strategic leader, Mr. Johnson creates a culture of collaboration, focusing on value adding activities and ensuring appropriate prioritization and resource allocation. Mr. Johnson is recognized for being highly motivational with the ability to inspire internal and external teams to attain aggressive goals and bottom line results in complex environments.

Mr. Johnson began his career in the COCA-COLA Company where he had nine years of progressive experience holding a final position in which he provided support to the exempt-level team for this division that led supply chain concentrate operations for North America, South America, and Puerto Rico. Mr. Johnson held HR positions with THE PEPSI BOTTLING GROUP supporting the disciplines of Sales and Supply Chain where he maximized personnel investments with the business units by integrating talent, leadership, culture, and organizational models with business goals. Mr. Johnson was responsible for all grievances, potential arbitration cases, and all labor relations activities with five unions across both Market Units and championed an organizational alignment strategy in operations that reduced the straight time and OT dollars by $60K annually. In addition, he lead succession planning efforts, performance management and pulse surveys across the business units. While leading the pulse surveys, the overall scores yielded the best scores in PBG two consecutive years in a row. Lastly, as a Sr. leader in the market unit, he was responsible for leading and executing the diversity efforts of within the PBG market units he supported. He furthered his HR experience and value added approach with MEIJER Corporation as the Human Resource Manager for all of Corporate and field Supply Chain, approximately 4500 employees that span across 6 regions. In the role, he managed talent acquisition (hourly and exempt), succession planning, employee relations, strategic vision of SC, organizational alignment, while providing consultative support at all levels of management (entry level managers to Group Vice Presidents). In the role, he built the HR team that supports all field operations, lead start up projects that have included advanced technology systems, implemented sustainable HR programs and created succession planning tools that advance the SC organization. Prior to that, he was with the HESS CORPORATION as the Southeast Regional Human Resources Manager for Sun East and Sun West, the two largest regions in the down stream. In this role, he capitalized upon his legal knowledge and leadership to reduce exposure by $500K in potential EEOC and litigation costs through organizational alignment, as well as by leading and responding to all governmental charges and investigations, and employee complaints for a population of 3000 plus employees. In addition, he spearheaded two global programs; a compensation initiative that identified missed opportunities across the business resulting in an immediate savings of over $100K, and an overall savings of $250K. Secondly, an HR training initiative that provided all people managers basic tools on how to mitigate employee relations and potential legal issues.

Prior to his current role as the HR Business leader for Lafayette and Halethorpe operations for Arconic Forging and Extrusions in North America he was the Human Resource Business leader for Arconic Inc. (formerly Alcoa Inc.) for Global Primary Products of North America. In this role, he quickly earned the trust and confidence of the Sr. Leadership team advancing to the number two leader behind the plant manager. He quickly impacted the areas of talent acquisition with best practice metrics and results, handled all strategy and logistics for all foreign nationals and their immigration status, successfully negotiated incremental effects bargaining with the USW, and has played a pivotal role in the refinery’s recent curtailment.

In addition to his extensive corporate experience, Mr. Johnson brings a diverse background of HR technical, legal and business experience to his role. As an accomplished executive, he spearheaded strategic partnerships, assisted organizations in restructuring and defining markets returning to profitability. He holds a BS in Business Economics, Masters in Employment Law, Certified Human Resource Professional and possesses a Master Certificate in Supply Chain Management from Eli Broad Graduate School of Business at Michigan State University. Furthermore, Mr. Johnson is an active member of his community including but not limited to his volunteer work, church, Coaching Girls basketball, High School Basketball Officiating, and various other external outreach efforts.

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