Ray O. Johnson

Dr. Ray O. Johnson is an international business and strategy consultant, serving on numerous Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards. He is currently an Operating Partner with Bessemer Venture Partners. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he led engineering, technology, production operations, global supply chain, program management, and logistics and sustainment. He had responsibility for more than 70,000 people, working on more than 4,000 programs that provide some of the nation’s most vital security systems. 

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he held executive positions with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Concepts Business Unit. He had a 21-year career in the US Air Force. He interacts at the highest levels nationally and internationally with leaders in government, industry, and academia, and he is frequently sought as an expert in the media and as a speaker on business, strategy, innovation, and education.  

Dr. Johnson is a full Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and a fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Johnson is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University.