Executive Vice President and CFO, Shaw Industries
Ken Jackson (BBA ’79, MAcc ’80) began his career as a tax staff accountant and partner at Arthur Andersen before making the transition to executive vice president and chief financial officer of Shaw Industries Group Inc., a global flooring manufacturing company based in Dalton.
Jackson was instrumental in several key transactions at Shaw, a company with global revenues of approximately $5.6 billion that employs more than 22,000 associates and in 2015 was ranked No. 8 by Forbes on the list of America’s Best Employers.
He joined Shaw in 1996, and during his initial years there worked on approximately 50 acquisitions and several significant divestitures. Shaw was acquired in 2001 by Berkshire Hathaway, the company led by Warren Buffett, as Jackson worked with an independent subcommittee and Merrill Lynch to assess the adequacy of the Berkshire offer. Following the acquisition, Jackson took over full responsibility for Shaw’s administrative functions and today manages finance and accounting functions, tax, treasury, information technology/systems, legal, risk management and human resources. He supervises approximately 1,000 Shaw associates.
Prior to working at Shaw, Jackson was a tax partner with Arthur Andersen LLP in Atlanta. During his 15 years there, he served several manufacturing clients (including Shaw Industries) and was a member of the firm-wide accounting methods team. He was one of only 30 partners on the chairman’s advisory council, a group of younger partners who assisted and advised the CEO on issues of significant importance. He was also responsible for recruiting at the Atlanta office.
Jackson has held several positions of trust at the University of Georgia. He’s been a member of the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees since 2006, serving as its chair in 2016 and 2017. He served for many years on the J.M. Tull School of Accounting Advisory Board and was a frequent speaker at Terry College (including Terry Third Thursday series) and UGA.
He helped establish the Earl Davis Chair in Taxation, the Building Terry campaign, endowed scholarships both in Athletics and for students in need of financial aid as part of the Commit to Georgia scholarship program.
Jackson is on the United Way of Northwest Georgia board, serving as chair of the investment committee, and is chair-elect for 2018. He is a member of the Conference Board CFO Council, serving as its co-chair, and is an advisory board member of Factory Mutual, the leading property insurance provider in the U.S. and worldwide.
Jackson is a native of Nashville and grew up in Tucker. He and his wife Jody have two adult children, Grant and Ginny, and live in Chattanooga, Tenn.