Another Cache Valley native, Brad Johnson, ’79, Finance, was recognized for sustained excellence across a long corporate career. Johnson began his career as the finance director at Talbots, moved to Wilson Leather as CFO, and was then Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Lands’ End and REI. He also served for many years as a director for the National Forest Foundation.
REI is one of only a handful of companies that has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” every time that survey has been completed going back to the 1980s. Dean Douglas Anderson, in noting Johnson’s role in maintaining the outstanding work culture of REI and in helping to lead several notable consumer brands across a career stretching more than two decades, noted that “Brad’s astute financial knowledge was certainly a key contributor to his professional success, but even more so, I believe, were his ethical leadership and global vision. A career at the top of a profession, for a sustained period of time, is about who you are, not just what you know. Brad Johnson is one of the finest people in the world, and we are fortunate to count him as one of our own.”
Upon returning to Cache Valley, Johnson offered his services to Dean Anderson, to give back to the school he felt gave him so much. This past semester, he has become Professor Johnson, teaching corporate finance and mentoring a team of undergraduates in the CFA Challenge.