James (Jim) Polehna is senior vice president and corporate secretary of Kelly®, a global provider of workforce solutions, always thinking about what's next in the story of work, connecting talented people to companies in need of their skills and designing talent strategies that help businesses embrace the value of all workers and workstyles.
Jim was appointed to his current position in 2017. He is currently responsible for investor relations, corporate governance, and executive compensation.
In his capacity as corporate secretary, Jim is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the company’s governance framework, including compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements affecting the company and its board of directors. He has responsibility to implement all decisions made by the board. Jim manages corporate disclosure and compliance with state corporation laws, the stock exchange listing standards, and SEC reporting and compliance.
With respect to his investor relations role, Jim serves as the key point of contact for the investment community and is responsible for the development and execution of Kelly’s IR strategy and policy implementation in addition to providing market feedback to management and the board. He oversees the company’s annual report to shareholders, the proxy statement, quarterly financial communications, and other financial briefing materials.
Jim also manages the company’s executive compensation function, including all aspects of senior officer compensation and philosophy, meeting materials and discussions with the compensation committee of the company’s board of directors, and oversight of the compensation discussion and analysis portion of the company’s annual proxy statement.
Prior to his current role, Jim was vice president and corporate secretary for Kelly. He joined the company in 2001 as director and assistant secretary, and successfully launched the company’s first investor relations program. During his tenure with the company, he has also had responsibility for Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Previously, Jim was vice president and assistant secretary of Citizens Banking Corporation for 20 years and was an adjunct professor for Baker College’s MBA program on the topics of business management and strategic planning.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree and his MBA from the University of Michigan. Jim serves on the board of directors of the Citizens Research Council and is a member of the Global Investor Relations Executive Council of the Conference Board. He is also a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit Economic Club, the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), and the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals.