The Arizona Cardinals Football Club hired Kelly Jones as the organization’s chief people officer.
In the newly created role, Jones reports to team owner Michael Bidwill beginning 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,” Bidwill said.
“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 Corp. 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, New Jersey, 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.