UKG Chairman and CEO Aron Ain fiercely contends that there is a direct link between employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and business success — and he has proof. When he became CEO of the global workforce management leader Kronos in 2005, Ain and team put a laser focus on employee engagement as a growth strategy and saw worldwide employee engagement scores skyrocket as revenue tripled to beyond $1.5 billion.
In April 2020, Kronos and Ultimate Software — two companies with renowned workplace cultures — merged to become UKG. Ain was tapped to be CEO and chairman of the combined company with more than 13,000 employees and $3 billion in revenue. Today, with 50,000 organizations using its HCM solutions across 150 countries, UKG is one of the largest cloud companies in the world.
As a multi-year recipient of Glassdoor’s Top CEOs distinction, Ain believes anything is possible when people are inspired and that great management is the single largest component that adds to shareholder value and company performance. Continued recognition for his leadership and the award-winning cultures he’s built culminated in the release of Ain’s debut book, “WorkInspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work.”
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 over his career. Ain serves on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Hamilton College, in Clinton, New York, is a member of the Board of Trustees at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass., and serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) in Boston, Mass.