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Ann Johnston

Ann Marie Johnston has been an Associate of Ontos Global since its inception. Ann curates approaches and interventions that leverage over 20 years of subject-matter expertise in organizational and leadership development, organization change and transformation, group and team dynamics, culture, and executive coaching.  Her client consultation experiences include work across a range of industries including aerospace, information technology, finance, legal and professional services, consumer products, retail, automotive manufacturing, and healthcare.

Ann joined GE seven years ago from Optimal Development Partners where she was the Founder and President of that organization development firm. She is currently the Digital Learning Transformation Leader (CLO) for GE Digital and is a member of the GE Crotonville team. She is the Executive learning business partner responsible for the development, planning and execution of leadership learning strategies for all Digital employees across the GE enterprise. She is responsible for the design, curation, and delivery of experimental immersive, classroom, and collaborative learning experiences hosted globally across multiple technology platforms and delivery modalities.

Prior to her role at GE Digital, Ann was the Global Business Learning Leader (CLO) at GE Aviation responsible for the leadership learning and organizational development strategies for the $24B/year Aviation business—including over 90 global Supply Chain sites and 45K people—ensuring that development goals were aligned with global business needs. Ann partnered with business, functional, and HR leaders on the implementation of key cultural enablement initiatives, organizational change and transformation efforts, as well as Senior Executive development processes for the business.

Ann holds a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University and two Masters degrees—one in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and the other in Religious Leadership from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She achieved the designation of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation and earned her executive coaching credential from the Hudson Institute of Coaching. She is the co-author of several books on the topic of mentoring. Her book chapter “Short-Term Business Travel and Development of Executive Leader Global Mindset” was published in Advances in Global Leadership, Volume 8 (2014).

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