John D. Johns is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Protective Life Corporation. He joined Protective in 1993 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He became the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in January, 2002. Prior to joining Protective, Mr. Johns served as General Counsel of Sonat, Inc., a diversified energy company. Prior to joining Sonat, Mr. Johns was a founding partner of the law firm Maynard Cooper & Gale.
Throughout his career, Mr. Johns has been actively engaged in community and philanthropic service. He has served as the Chairman of the Business Council of Alabama, the McWane Science Center and the Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is Immediate Past Chairman of the Birmingham Business Alliance, the umbrella chamber of commerce organization for the greater Birmingham region. He also currently serves on the executive committees of the boards of the American Council of Life Insurers and the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Johns was awarded a B.A. degree from the University of Alabama in 1974. He also received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, both in 1978.