Charlotte's 40 Under 40: Robert Johnson Jr., RXO Inc.

The CBJ's 40 Under 40 Awards program recognizes young leaders in business and civic life who will be setting the agenda for years to come.

Charlotte's 40 Under 40: Robert Johnson Jr., RXO Inc.

Note from the Editor: This profile will be part of CBJ’s special report for 2023 on the 40 Under 40 Awards Program.

Age: 36

Current job: Chief audit executive, RXO Inc.

Education: Wake Forest University, M.B.A. 2017, B.A. In economics, and B.S. Johnson C. Smith University: Business Administration with Accounting Concentration, 2011.

Career history: RXO Inc. senior director, chief auditor executive, 2022-2022; SPX Flow internal audit director and chief audit executive 2020-22; Lowe's Cos. Inc. internal audit manager 2018-20; PwC risk assurance senior associate 2012-18

Family: Courtney Johnson, her husband Robert III, and their three sons, Cooper, 4, Jaiden and Jaiden III, who will debut in June

Lake Norman

The greatest business achievement of the last year was joining RXO and establishing an internal audit function. This is not only about protecting organizational value but also adding value through risk foresight, insight and services.

The greatest civic achievement of the last year was serving on the YMCA Board, where I had the chance to mentor and raise funds for youth and teen programs! I've also forged key partnerships in the Charlotte area to support internships at historically Black colleges (HBCUs).

Current civic/volunteer activity: YMCA of Greater Charlotte Association board of directors, NABA Charlotte Chapter; board member and Coach of Lake Norman Giants Football (PopWarner); board member of Dream the Impossible

What you enjoy most about Charlotte: Living in a city that is growing from a small town to one of America's fastest-growing cities.

Today, the issue of upward mobility for youth from underserved areas is the most pressing one. It is important that as the city grows it creates room for new while also preserving its rich history.

Your most valued mentor: Michael Giles, a 2015 CBJ 40 Under 40 award recipient

Last movie seen: Creed III

Last trip: Turks and Caicos, with my wife

Favorite possessions - My faith and family

Favorite App or Website: Zillow - I love to be inspired.