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. 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 and the Birmingham Business Alliance. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama System. 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 Chairman of the ACLI.
In October 2013, Mr. Johns was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor.
Mr. Johns 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.