Dr. Ray O. Johnson is Chief Executive Officer of the
Technology Innovation Institute (TII), which aims to be a leading global
research center dedicated to pushing the frontiers of knowledge. In this role,
Dr. Johnson will work on shaping the strategic direction of the Institute and
lead the execution of its growth strategies to achieve operational excellence.
Dr. Johnson brings to TII more than four decades of
experience in global technology leadership, making strategic investments in
disruptive technologies, and developing business strategies that resulted in
several new billion-dollar lines of business. He also holds outstanding
networking capabilities and has met with leaders in the highest echelons of
government, industry, and academia. He is frequently sought after as a speaker
at global forums on business, strategy, innovation, and education.
Prior to joining TII, Dr. Johnson was an Operating
Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, a top-tier American venture capital
company that has been part of 130 IPOs in the last 50 years. Founded in 1911,
Bessemer Venture Partners is the oldest venture capital firm in the USA. Earlier, he was Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Technology
Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, in Maryland, USA, where he was
responsible for operational performance and the associated board-reportable
metrics. He led Engineering and Technology, Production Operations, Global
Supply Chain, Program Management, and Logistics and Sustainment, while managing
more than 72,000 people working on over 4,000 programmes. He also led the
Advanced Technology Center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a profit and loss
(P&L) centre focused on generation-after-next technologies.
Previously, Dr. Johnson was Senior Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer at Modern Technology Solutions, Inc, where he developed
business strategies, implementation plans, and executive-level metrics to
refine the company’s strategic direction and vision. Prior to that, he was
Senior Vice President and Business Unit General Manager at SAIC, a premier
Fortune 500® technology integrator and leader of US digital transformation
efforts. In this role, he turned around and realigned four entities within the
company and led and won a competitive multi-year US$800 million program.
Dr. Johnson holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical
Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio, USA. He earned
a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater,
Oklahoma, USA. He is a Full Academician of the International Academy of
Astronautics, and a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering
and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.