Joe Cannon

President & Chief Operating Officer at Young Living

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Cannon brings to Young Living the experience of a long, distinguished career in law, business, and policy. Joe graduated with honors from Brigham Young University Law School and began practicing law in 1978. Within a few short years of joining the Washington, D.C. practice of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, he began to make a name for himself in public policy. In 1981 he began work for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Reagan administration. He served until 1985. During that time, he was a presidential appointee with Senate confirmation. His responsibilities ranged from enforcing air-quality standards to developing economic incentives for companies to cut down on pollution. While at the EPA, Joe played an instrumental role in removing lead from gasoline. During this time, Joe also became a partner at the prestigious D.C. law firm Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, specialising in environment, natural resources, energy, and administrative law. In his native home of Utah, Joe has also left an indelible footprint. As Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Geneva Steel, he oversaw the reopening of this major Utah employer and its operations from 1987 through 2001. In the local cultural and political sphere, he served as the editor of the Deseret News, a major daily newspaper in Salt Lake City, as well as serving on the board of directors, the Utah Symphony, the Utah Opera, and the Utah Transit Authority. He has also served on the board of trustees for the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Joe has served as a member of the United States Holocaust Council and as a trustee of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Now as Young Living’s COO, Joe is making a mark locally and globally by optimising Young Living operations to better serve our community around the world. Joe’s favourite products are NingXia Red® and Stress Away™ for the office and Lavender and Frankincense for his diffuser at home. While Joe has maintained an extraordinarily active career, he has always prioritised his family first, which includes his wife, Jan; seven children; and 23 grandchildren.


  • President & Chief Operating Officer

    Current role

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