Byron Jones '87
MBA University of Virginia
B.S. Tuskegee University
Year Elected to the Board: 2018
City of Residence: Tempe, AZ
Byron Jones currently serves as the Vice President Finance - Transformation, GBS, and Technology for Dr Pepper Snapple Group. It is a business unit of the newly formed publicly traded conglomerate Keurig Dr Pepper. Byron previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of University of Phoenix from 2013 to 2018. Byron led the finance functions for the University, working closely with University of Phoenix executive leaders to provide clear oversight of financial operations, an area that was essential to the University’s success. Byron has extensive experience in building and transforming teams during periods of change.
Byron has more than 25 years of experience in corporate and divisional finance industries spanning from airlines to technology. Prior to joining University of Phoenix, Byron served in various financial leadership roles across Fortune 500 companies in a range of industries. He was the Chief Financial Officer at Coda Automotive, as well as Vice President of Corporate Finance at HD Supply, the former wholesale distribution arm of Home Depot, where he built the department from the ground up. He has also held finance leadership roles at Delta Airlines, Cendant Corporation and Ryder Corporation.
In addition to his CFO responsibilities at University of Phoenix, Byron has been active in creating strategic partnerships with Thurgood Marshal College Fund, US Black Chambers of Commerce, and other corporate clients. He serves on the board of The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix. He is dedicated to addressing access to education. He has been recognized by STEMconnector as a Top 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM, and in 2014 he received the Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council.
Byron earned his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tuskegee University.