John Walker, SPHR

Chief Human Capital Officer

John joined Performance Trust in 2016, with over 30 years’ experience in HR. He has developed a record of working with senior business leaders to build high-performing teams, deliver innovative programs and increase employee engagement levels at both private and publicly held companies across various industry sectors. From January 2013 through June 2016, John served as Vice President for Human Resources at DeVry Online Services, managing a team of 16 professionals and helping to develop and deliver HR strategies and services for 1,300 employees.

Previously, he invested six years as Regional HR Manager and HR Lead for McMaster-Carr Supply Company. From 1998–2006, John worked for Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire, where he advanced from HR Generalist to Head of HR for the firm’s central region, managing a team that provided HR services to 8,000 Hewitt employees throughout the Midwest. Earlier in his career, he held HR consulting, operations, staffing, and employee relations positions at Ceridian Performance Partners, CNA Insurance, and Allstate.

John is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he majored in Speech Communications and Personnel Management. He and his family reside in Arlington Heights, where he has been active in both civic and youth athletic associations.