Ann Johnston

Ann Johnston
Business Learning Leader
GE Aviation

Ann Johnston is the GE Aviation Business Learning Leader and is responsible establishing the leadership learning strategy for the business globally, supporting and reinforcing the GE Crotonville leadership brand, and ensuring that leadership development goals are aligned with global business needs.

Ann joined GE two years ago from Optimal Development Partners where she was the Founder and President of that organization development firm. Ann provided impactful learning approaches and solutions in a variety of learning modalities that leveraged over 18 years of subject-matter expertise in leadership, organization change and development. Prior to forming her own company, Ann was a senior client manager for numerous publically and privately held corporations as well as military and non-profit organizations. Ann’s portfolio includes: leadership development (emerging, established, and executive leaders); diversity and inclusion; cross-cultural communication; coaching, and client research, including the development of customized research instruments. Ann has worked with individuals from all levels of organizations from the shop floor to the CEO. Her client experience has involved a range of industries including aerospace, information technology, finance, professional services, consumer product manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, and healthcare.

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 is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation and earned her executive coaching credential from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.
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