Ray Johnson is an Executive in Residence, living in Washington, DC. He joined Bessemer in 2015.
Prior to BVP, Ray served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation for 9 years, where he directed engineering, technology, production operations, global supply chain, program management, and logistics and sustainment. He led more than 70,000 people, working on more than 4,000 programs that provided some of the nation’s most vital security systems. Before 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.
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. Ray is a member of the Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors, and he serves on the USAF Air University Board of Visitors. Ray is the Co-Founder of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, the largest STEM event held in the United States. He interacts at the highest levels nationally and internationally with officials 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.
For seven consecutive years, Ray was invited to participate 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. Ray 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). He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Ray holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, where he received the Hall of Fame award from the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he received the Distinguished Alumni award.