Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) today announced that Cheryl H. Johnson has been named executive vice president, human resources of the company, effective July 1, 2012. She succeeds John D. Butler, 64, who is retiring after 15 years of outstanding service to Textron.
Johnson has been serving as the director of talent and organizational development for Textron’s Bell Helicopter business since 2011, responsible for Bell’s talent recruitment and succession process as well as optimizing its overall organization design. Johnson joined Textron in 1996 and over the years has held various human resources leadership positions across Textron’s businesses, including senior human resources business partner for Greenlee from 2005 to 2006 and vice president of human resources for E-Z-GO, a position which she held from 2006 until joining Bell in 2009 as human resources director.
Before joining Textron, Johnson’s career encompassed multi-industry and multi-functional management roles spanning human resources, marketing and sales, and finance disciplines as well as retail, public administration and aerospace and defense industries.
Johnson will report directly to Textron Chairman and CEO, Scott Donnelly. “Cheryl has proven herself to be a highly successful human resources leader,” said Donnelly. “I am confident that her human resources experience—combined with her well-rounded background—will bring a valuable perspective to our human resources organization, keeping it focused on supporting our customers and developing our employees in the best ways possible.”In reference to John D. Butler, Donnelly added, “Since joining Textron in 1997, John has been a driving force in shaping the strategy and operations of Textron and positioning the company for future growth. Under his leadership, the human resources function has eliminated costly legacy systems and successfully implemented competitive benefits and labor strategies throughout Textron.” “John’s passion for a talented workforce at Textron has resulted in world class practices in leadership development, succession planning and performance management across the company,” continued Donnelly. “We and our Board are grateful for his many years of dedication and service to the corporation and wish him the very best in his retirement.”
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