John Gill

JJohn W. Gill is the Deputy Director at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Center for Leadership Development.

John Gill

As the Center’s Executive-In- Residence he is leading the effort to stand up the Presidential Executive Fellows program, which brings top private sector leaders in to the government on a limited term basis to help federal agencies solve their most pressing national challenges. Additionally, John is co-leading the strategy and execution of the Federal Human Resources Capability Improvement initiative, with specific design and implementation responsibility for the HR curriculum.


John began with the federal government in 2013 as the Chief Human Capital Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The ninety- thousand employee federal agency includes the Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, among others.  In this role, he was responsible for the development, delivery, and governance of agency-wide human resources strategy, policies and programs.

John joined the federal government with an extensive background in private sector human resources and administrative management. His last position was with Rolls-Royce plc. He began with Rolls-Royce in 2001 as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for the Americas, responsible for regional HR strategy and policy setting and delivery of programs and services to the businesses and sites across the Americas. John later was appointed Executive Vice President for Rolls-Royce’s global Energy Sector and finally, Executive Vice President for developing countries and emerging markets.


Prior to Rolls- Royce, John spent 20 years with Lockheed Martin Corporation. In his last three years he served as Vice President, Resources and Services for the 21,000-person Aeronautics Sector. There, he had responsibility for human resources, facilities and administrative services. Previously, he held senior human resource positions in each of the corporation’s Electronics, Space and Information Sectors.

John was a member of the White House Senior Executive Service Reform Advisory Group. The Group provided thought leadership that helped shape the Obama administration’s 2015 Executive Order on Strengthening the Senior Executive Service.

John is an adjunct professor with the Georgetown University Master’s program in Human Resources, and chairs the Advisory Board for the Human Resources program. He earned his B.A. at Columbia University and his M.B.A. at Florida Technical University.