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Ray Johnson

Operating Partner


Ray Johnson is an operating partner, living in Washington, DC. He joined Bessemer in 2015.

As the senior vice president for engineering, technology, and operations and CTO of the Lockheed Martin Corporation for nine years, Ray led more than 70,000 people, working on more than 4,000 programs that provided some of the nation’s most vital security systems. As an Air Force officer, Ray’s career included assignments in system and platform survivability, communications and electronics, laser systems design and analysis, electro-optic systems research and development, and command and control.

For seven consecutive years, Ray participated in the World Economic Forum Annual Meetings in Davos, Switzerland. During his tenure, he served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Space Security.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Ray holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University. He’s recognized in the Hall of Fame from the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology, and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he received the Distinguished Alumni award.