Jon E. Barfield is President and Chief Executive Officer of
LJ Holdings Investment Company LLC, with interests in venture capital, real estate and human capital services. In February 2012 Mr. Barfield retired as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bartech Group, Inc., an industry-leading professional services firm delivering talent management and managed service provider solutions to Global 1000 firms. In July, 1999 The Wall Street Journal described Jon Barfield and the company he led for 32 years as one of “America’s great success stories.” The Company employs and manages the daily work assignments for more than 26,000 associates and more than $2.5 billion in procurement for major employers around the world, making Bartech Group one of the largest, independent talent acquisition and management firms in the United States. Earlier in his career Mr. Barfield practiced corporate and securities law at Sidley Austin LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms.
Mr. Barfield serves on the board of directors of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS). He served as Lead Independent Director of BMC Software prior to its acquisition by a private equity consortium led by Bain Capital in 2013. He also served as a director of Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Google, Inc. in 2012; Dow Jones & Company prior to its acquisition by News Corporation in 2007; and National City Corporation prior to its merger with PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. in 2008. Mr. Barfield received the 2009 Association of Black Princeton Alumni Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 2008 National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Award, the highest honor given by that organization to a business owner, recognizing superior achievement in business and excellence in entrepreneurism. He received the 2011 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, awarded to Eagle Scouts who as adults have “continued to live out the integrity and morals rooted in Scouting” and have impacted their community through service. Mr. Barfield was featured in a front-page story in the July 19, 1999 edition of The Wall Street Journal, recognizing his leadership in supporting innovative strategies aimed at attracting private and public equity to growth-oriented businesses in consolidating supplier industries.
Mr. Barfield is a current and retired director of several non-profit institutions. He is a director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan where he is chairman of the finance committee of this $23 billion mutual insurance company. He is a national executive board member of Boy Scouts of America. He is a charter trustee emeritus of Princeton University, and trustee emeritus of the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan. He is also a retired director of Business Leaders for Michigan, The Henry Ford, Reading Is Fundamental and Kettering University. Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Mr. Barfield to the Invest Michigan! Business Leadership Council in 2008.
Mr. Barfield graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1974, and received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1977. He and his wife, Dr. Vivian Carpenter, maintain residences in Birmingham, Michigan, La Jolla, California and Tallahassee, Florida. They have four adult children.