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Arizona Cardinals announce hiring of Chief People Officer

The Arizona Cardinals are adding to their front office.

From the team:

The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced the hiring of KELLY JONES as the organization’s Chief People Officer.

In the newly-created role, Jones reports to team owner Michael Bidwill and begins on March 1. He will oversee human resources functions throughout the organization and lead all programs and initiatives involving workplace diversity, equity and inclusion. Externally, Jones will also act as a liaison for the team within the community on a variety of civic initiatives.

“Kelly is a key addition to our senior leadership team with extensive experience in this critical area and an outstanding record of achievement,” said Bidwill. “He possesses unique perspective on the people aspects of our business and how they contribute to the organization’s overall strategy, mission and vision. The specific principles of diversity, equity and inclusion certainly align with our mission and core values.”

Jones brings more than 20 years of progressive experience as an HR professional, operations leader and diversity practitioner. He comes to the Cardinals from Aramark Corporation where he had worked since 2014, most recently as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity. He previously worked in similar roles with Lockheed Martin (1998-2007, 2009-14) and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (2007-09).

A native of Moorestown, NJ, Jones earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Temple University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Leadership from Rutgers University. He and his wife, Tracy have three children – daughter, Avery and sons, Jackson and Devin.

Welcome to the desert, Kelly.