David Johns, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Shared Services Officer of Owens Corning

January 16, 2012
Among other topics, David discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:
  • The way in which Owens Corning leverages shared services across its global operation in order to drive down cost, enable global growth and business process improvement, and accelerate acquisitions
  • How leverage for shared services generally focuses on non-customer facing technology, while decisions for non-standardization are driven by regional regulations and making the customer experience as personal as possible
  • Owens Corning’s use of outsourcing to enable global growth through strategic partnerships that provide scalable expertise in a cost effective way
  • IT’s emphasis on driving revenue in the manufacturing industries that Owens Corning operates in
  • How Owens Corning has managed security while seeing cost savings and increased user satisfaction after instituting its “Bring Your Own Device” policy
  • Owens Corning’s leverage of both its global team as well as its increasingly tech-savvy workforce to explore innovative ideas
  • Eye on the trends: How virtualization and cloud computing enable mobility, drive cost savings, and expedite deployment capabilities; the productivity gains from video; and consumerization of IT and  David’s prediction that IT may eventually no longer provide devices to a company’s employees


David Johns’s Biography

David is the senior vice president and chief information officer of Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite systems and solutions.  David leads the Global Information Technology, Global Business Shared Services, & Corporate Services Sourcing organization.  This includes all of Owens Corning’s business shared service centers, manufacturing technology, project portfolio management, sourcing, and information systems.

Before joining Owens Corning in 1994, David was a technology manager with Honeywell, Inc., in the company’s global resource center. Before his tenure at Honeywell, David was director of information services for Time Warner Cable Communications, Inc.

Among the many awards bestowed upon David and his team include his induction into the CIO Hall of Fame in 2009, and his being named one of Computerworld‘s Premier 100 information technology leaders for 2012.

David holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton.


The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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