Aron Ain has been chief executive officer of Kronos and a member of the Board of Directors since 2005. Since he joined Kronos in 1979, Ain has played a role in nearly every functional department at the company, helping to build what is today a $1.3 billion global enterprise software powerhouse. With more than 30,000 organizations using Kronos solutions in more than 100 countries, Kronos is a leading global provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions.
Ain is regarded as a pioneer in workforce management and human capital management, and has been instrumental in revolutionizing the way organizations manage their workforces with a new generation of products and services that empower employees to work smarter, work their way, and work in a modern cloud. Kronos industry-leading cloud, analytics, and mobile technologies are designed to serve global customer needs, increase productivity, manage compliance risk, and drive employee engagement.
Ain fiercely contends that there is a direct link between employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and business success. Under his leadership, Kronos employee engagement scores have risen to record heights as the company continues to be recognized for its innovative product offerings, exceptional services, and energized Top Place to Work corporate culture around the world. Kronos’ award-winning culture and unique outlook on the employee experience led to Ain being featured in Harvard Business Review and in the HBR IdeaCast podcast series discussing how the company works diligently to be a great employer.
As someone who deeply believes that leading people is a privilege and that great management is the single largest component that adds to shareholder value and company performance, Ain was profiled by The New York Times about “The Incalculable Value of a Good Boss.” In recognition of Ain’s visionary leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and personal commitment to business and the community, he has been awarded numerous prestigious awards. He is a two-time winner of Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEO honor as one of the top-rated CEOs in the U.S., based entirely on employee reviews. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Ray Stata Leadership and Innovation Award from the Massachusetts High Technology Council, was named the CEO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council, and Ernst & Young previously named Ain Entrepreneur of the Year.
Kronos has achieved tremendous global growth under Ain’s direction, with operations and market leadership throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. As a result of driving the company’s global expansion, traveling the world to spend time with customers and partners, and leading a multinational software company, Ain is well-versed on the complexities of managing a global workforce.
Passionate about delivering the experience that customers expect, Ain firmly believes that employee retention leads to loyal and satisfied customers. According to Ain, “Kronites who feel valued stay longer and develop a deeper understanding of and stronger relationships with our customers. It is their experience and knowledge that allows Kronos to deliver incredibly innovative products and a superior customer experience.” Ain’s focus on customer service is the reason that a customer-first orientation is a core value intricately woven into the fabric of the company. Ain is frequently asked to share his experiences by speaking about entrepreneurship and the skills necessary to lead a successful global organization.
Ain believes that being an active participant in the broader community brings balance to his life and allows him to give back in recognition of all the guidance he has received during his life. Ain serves on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, is on the Trustee Advisory Board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass., and is an active member of several other community organizations and business groups, such as MassChallenge and the Massachusetts High Technology Council, where Ain serves as Council Chairman.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from Hamilton College, Ain has participated in a series of executive education programs, including the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute at Stanford University.
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