New Chief People Officer

Chief People Officer

Welcome John Parran, Chief People Officer!

Chief People Officer

St. Joseph Orphanage (SJO) announces the hiring of John Parran as Chief People Officer. John comes to SJO from Meritor Inc, a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. John’s primary work as Manager of Talent Management was to lead employee engagement, change management, and talent development initiatives at the Meritor Aftermarket, Trailer, and Industrial businesses. In this role, he worked with employees and business groups, at all levels, to design training and development programs as well as employee engagement initiatives to make Meritor one of the happiest, most productive places to work. His efforts include training assessments, facilitation, and strategic planning for cultural health.

Below are some of John’s achievements while at Meritor:
1. Created a mid-level leadership development program that connected entry-level and advanced leadership development programs, creating a continuous pathway of development for aspiring leaders.

2. Assisted in creating and implementing a host of virtual development initiatives with the COVID-19 pandemic, including on-demand training, “live” virtual training, manager peer groups, a virtual work toolkit, and more.

3. Built and facilitated a wide series of professional development courses for front-line employees including: leadership development, computer skills and professional skills.

Additionally, John has done extensive work in leadership and organizational development, strategic planning and many other professional development programs for numerous non-profits in the Greater Cincinnati Area, including: Excel Leadership Academy, Choices Foster Care, The Northern KY Chamber of Commerce, The Northern KY Accountability Group, Supply Chain OKI and Higher Education Mentoring Initiative.

Many SJO employees have worked with John already, as he has provided many professional development trainings. These programs included effective communication, change management, and conflict resolution. His passion for educating and coaching in a team environment is inspiring. Additionally, John has been engaged in a consultative role with the SJO Executive Team in building a cascading vision and strategic planning effort for the agency.

“We are excited to bring on another industry leader to our Executive Team in John Parran. His skills in organizational development and coaching are top of mind and a welcome addition to SJO family. We look forward to seeing his influence on our agency through innovative programming, coaching and best practices for HR.” stated Eric Cummins, CEO at SJO.

John began his SJO journey on January 4, 2021. Primary to his role as the Chief People Officer will be coaching, mentoring, professional development and training, HR and focus on SJO culture. In his transition into SJO he has been engaging many departments to learn about SJO’s impact on children and families in the Greater Cincinnati area.

When asked, ‘Why come to SJO now?’ John shared, “SJO does some of the best work in children’s mental and behavioral health, hands down. I have been struck by the passion and drive of the employees combined with the aspirations and honesty of the leadership team. I am very excited to join this team to help children and families on the road to recovery through hope and healing.”

Residing in Blue Ash, Ohio, John and his wife Prari have five active boys. For fun, the Parran family enjoys outdoor activities such as rock climbing, camping, kayaking, and hiking. Additionally, they are avid board game players and music buffs!

Please join us in welcoming John Parran to the SJO family!

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