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Gene Johnson

Gene Johnson, PhD Gene has focused his career on applying psychological principles to add practical value to a wide variety of real-world contexts, having worked in government, academia, consulting, and the corporate sector. He started his career with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as an HR management trainee, and then moved to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He has worked both as an adjunct and full-time academic, the latter at the University of Auckland’s Management and Employment Relations department. Corporately, he has headed up the Talent Management and Learning and Development functions for Dell EMEA and Rackspace Hosting International (interim). He currently manages his own practice, and consults with the United Nations, Ford Europe, the UK’s National Health Service, and Getinge Group.

Gene’s research and practice areas include strategic HR (he managed the New Zealand administration of Cranfield University’s Strategic HR survey), diversity, and leadership development. He is the co-author of a textbook, Managing Human Resources in New Zealand. His teaching excellence was recognized with a distinguished teaching award by the University of Auckland.

He is a former chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology (the world’s second-largest I/O organisation, with over 4,000 members), the founder of its volunteer-focused Leadership Development Programme, a BPS trustee, and the Chair of the Wessex Branch. He has been a SIOP member for over 25 years. Gene received his MSc and PhD from Tulane University.


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