John D. Butler is executive vice president administration and chief human resources officer of Textron Inc. He oversees Textron's worldwide human resources function as well as administrative services, corporate real estate, community affairs, and the company's aviation department. Butler serves on Textron's Transformation Leadership Team and Management Committee.
Prior to joining Textron in July 1997, Butler was vice president of human resources for General Motors (GM) International Operations based in Zurich, Switzerland, where he was responsible for the strategic planning and direction of all GM human resource activities outside North America. He was also a member of the Adam Opel A.G. Supervisory Board. Butler joined GM in 1969, and during his 28-year career with the company, he assumed assignments of increasing responsibility in the areas of manufacturing operations, labor relations, employee benefits and human resource management in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Butler received a BS degree as well as a Master's degree from Michigan State University, and was an instructor at the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business. He is also a graduate of the Advanced General Management Program at Harvard University, a Trustee and Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), and a Director of the Human Resources Policy Association (HRPA).more » « less