By Margaret Naczek
Harley-Davidson Inc. vice president, chief legal officer and chief compliance officer Paul Jones will leave the company effective Nov. 29, according to an SEC filing last week.
Jones has been with Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) since July 2010. He previously served as the company’s general counsel for five-and-a-half years.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a law degree from Georgetown University, and has an MBA from Northwestern University.
Jones was awarded the Milwaukee Business Journal’s top corporate counsel award as diversity champion this year.
In the last nine years, he has led a variety of business functions including strategy and business intelligence, sustainability and business development.
“My duties and responsibilities change every day from navigating through a global trade issue to leading a local initiative to revitalize the historic near west side neighborhood where Harley-Davidson has been located since 1903,” he told the Business Journal earlier this year.
Leading the company through challenges in the current business and political environment is an ongoing project he said he is particularly proud of.
“As Paul moves on to his next professional ventures, the company wishes him well with our gratitude and respect for his many contributions during his time with Harley-Davidson,” the SEC filing read. It was signed by Harley’s assistant secretary Paul Krause.
The filing stated that Harley-Davidson is beginning a search for Jones’ replacement. Jones’ announcement comes within weeks of Harley-Davidson removing president of global brand development Neil Grimmer from his position.