Profile: Damon Jones
Bachelor of Arts in communication arts/electronic media, 1997 | Associate director, external relations, Procter & Gamble Europe, Geneva, Switzerland
Multicultural Man | Jones oversees Procter & Gamble’s public relations activities in 17 countries. “Each of those countries is unique,” he says. “The cultures are different, the personalities are different, there are different laws and regulations, the various media operate differently, and the governments operate very differently.”
Company Man | Jones joined Procter & Gamble after graduating. In the past nine years, he has worked his way through positions of increasing responsibility, moving to his current position—and country—about 18 months ago.
Communications Man | “The biggest challenge for me has been ‘How do you effectively communicate across cultures where English isn’t the first language?’ Trying to get to the heart of issues or understand before you make assumptions is probably the biggest area where I’ve grown, personally.”
Man of Fate | A Detroit native, Jones wasn’t thinking about attending Xavier. But during his senior year in high school he attended a college fair and stopped to get information on another university with a table next to Xavier’s. As he began to walk away, a Xavier admission counselor struck up a conversation with him. “One thing led to another, and a year later I was a freshman on campus.”
Man of Action | At Xavier, Jones hit the ground running. He was elected to the student government association as a freshman, became vice president the following year and served as president as both a junior and senior—the only person ever to hold the office for two terms. He was also a resident assistant in Brockman Hall for a year and became involved with College Friends, a mentoring program pairing University students with children from surrounding communities.
Service Man | Jones has a strong track record of service to both the University and the Cincinnati area, serving on Xavier’s board of trustees and the board of the national alumni association, as a director for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and as a member of Cincinnati CAN, the committee created to ease racial tension in the wake of civil unrest in Cincinnati.
Man on the Move | Jones moves from Geneva to London in mid-September. Beyond that, he doesn’t try to predict the future, except to say that he’ll always be in communications of some kind. “When I joined P&G, I thought ‘I’ll be there about two years.’ Here I am, nine years later.”