KB Home announced today (June 7) that John Staines has been named senior vp of human resources, filling a post that has been vacant since Gary A. Ray was terminated last November amid the stock-options backdating scandal that also resulted in the resignations of former CEO Bruce Karatz and chief legal officer Richard B. Hirst.

Staines, 45, will have responsibility for all of the company's human resources activities, strategies and policies across the 15 states and 40 markets in which KB Home operates. Staines will report directly to Jeffrey Mezger, the KB's president and CEO.

Staines, new to KB, most recently served as senior vice president of human resources for DaVita, Inc., an operator of kidney dialysis centers throughout the U.S. Staines was previously a human resources executive for several large multi-national organizations, including The Gap, where he led the human resources for their global supply chain business, Mattel, Inc., where as vice president of human resources covering nine manufacturing plants, eight distribution centers and 30,000 employees, and PepsiCo, where he held several positions of increasing responsibility over 11 years with various divisions in the U.S. and Asia.

Staines graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 with a B.S. in economics and received his MBA with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Michigan.

"I am very pleased to welcome John to the KB Home senior management team to lead our human resources function," said Mezger. "He brings an extensive amount of world-class experience and skills, as well as a proven track record as an innovator and leader in the human resources field. With the depth and breadth of John's expertise serving large public companies, we look forward to his many contributions to our organization in the years ahead."