Michael W. Johnson Joins ASME as Chief Strategy Officer
Sep 10, 2019
NEW YORK (September 10, 2019) – Michael W. Johnson has joined the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as chief strategy officer (CSO), reporting to ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile. In this newly created role, Johnson is a change agent responsible for working with the executive leadership team and senior volunteer leaders, including the Board of Governors, to formalize the organization’s strategic planning processes, forge new working relationships and synergies across the organization, and establish greater transparency and accountability.
“As ASME grows and evolves, it is fundamentally important that our strategy is continually refined, updated and closely aligned with other society activities,” says Costabile. “Michael brings a wealth of experience and expertise which will be of enormous benefit to ASME as we prepare for the future. With his help, we will foster even more engagement and collaboration with the global engineering community and continue to make a positive impact on lives and livelihoods.”
Johnson has provided consulting services to ASME for the past several months. Most recently, he was managing partner and CEO of Johnson Williams Capital Partners, an investment firm that has partnered with innovators and entrepreneurs in technology, healthcare, biopharma and sustainability. Previously, he held a variety of executive positions at Svelte Medical Systems, JP Morgan Chase, African Continental Telecommunications Ltd., the National Football League, and AT&T. His work has been recognized by Fortune, Black Enterprise, and CIO magazines.
Johnson has a history of active involvement in several civic and professional organizations, serving as a trustee of the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, N.J., as a member of the board of advisors to the Lally Business School at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and currently with the Montgomery Academy in Basking Ridge, N.J., which provides therapeutic services to students ages five to 21 years who are experiencing social, emotional and educational challenges not met by their local schools. He was named the National Kidney Foundation’s “Man of the Year” in 1992.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and economics from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, and his MBA in finance from Rutgers University in N.J.
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information visit asme.org.
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