Johnny D. Johns

Lead Director

Genuine Parts Company

Johnny Johns is a longtime corporate board member. He is currently the lead director and chair of the compensation, nominating, and governance committee of Genuine Parts Company. Johnny also sits on the board of Southern Company, where he chairs the compensation and management succession committee. He also chairs the risk committee of Regions Financial Corporation.

Johnny is the former Executive Chairman of Protective Life Corporation. He joined Protective in 1993 as executive vice president and CFO. Prior to joining Protective, Johnny served as general counsel of Sonat, Inc., a diversified energy company. Prior to joining Sonat, he was a founding partner of the law firm Maynard Cooper & Gale.

Throughout his career, Johnny has been actively engaged in community and philanthropic service. He has served as the chair of the Business Council of Alabama and the Birmingham Business Alliance. He currently serves on the executive committee of the board of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) and is a member of the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, D.C. He is a past Chair of the ACLI.

In October 213, Johnny was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor. 

Johnny earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama in 1974, and in 1978 earned a doctor of jurisprudence from Harvard Law School and a master of business administration from Harvard Business School.