In 2005, Mr. Johnson founded Benevolent Capital (www.benevolentcapital.com), a private equity and consulting company with investments in real estate, manufacturing and consumer brands, including Octagon Partners, Enzymatics, TerraCycle, and ClearPlex.
Since April 2013, Mr. Johnson is the President of Greenwood & Hall (www.greenwoodhall.com). Founded in 1997, Greenwood & Hall is a full service education management firm. The Company provides the infrastructure and student lifecycle solutions that enable post-secondary institutions to compete successfully in the global e-learning marketplace.
From 2010 to August 2012, Mr. Johnson was the CEO and President of Forward Industries (www.forwardindustries.com NASDAQ: FORD). Forward Industries designs, sources, markets and distributes accessories for the handheld consumer electronic product industry, including smartphones, tablets, notebook computers and medical monitoring and diagnostic equipment.
From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Johnson was the president of Targus (www.targus.com), the leading global provider of mobile computing solutions with sales of $545 million. From 1998 to 2009, Mr. Johnson served as an executive director on Targus’ board of directors. With offices in 36 geographies and sales in 145 countries, Targus designs and markets a broad range of notebook carrying cases and accessories for mobile computing consumers. Prior to his promotion to president of Targus, Mr. Johnson served as managing director of Targus EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Asia-Pacific from 1997 to 2001 and resided in London, UK.
Mr. Johnson is a member of the Board of Directors of Blyth Inc. (NYSE: BTH). Blyth is a $1 billion direct to consumer sales company and leading designer and marketer of accessories for the home and health & wellness products. Mr. Johnson is also on the Board of Digital Rights Corporation (OTC: RIHT), the Early X Foundation and TerraCycle (www.terracycle.com). Mr. Johnson is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (www.YPO.org) and earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Presidential/Key Executive program at Pepperdine University. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Board of Trustees for Choate Rosemary Hall and is a Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship and a member of the Board of Visitors for the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University.