Chairman & CEO
The Johnson Company, Inc.
Robert Wood Johnson IV is a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, the worldwide health-care company. He is Chairman and CEO of The Johnson Company, Inc. and the New York Jets LLC, and is active in a wide range of civic and philanthropic activities. Mr. Johnson is responsible for managing and overseeing family assets as well as charitable causes, and as trustee of several charitable trusts, participates in evaluating and making grants primarily for cultural, educational, and medical purposes.
Mr. Johnson serves as Chairman and is a founder of the Alliance for Lupus Research. The ALR has raised more than $72 million in major gifts to accelerate research that will prevent, treat, and cure lupus. In addition to his strong personal commitment, the Johnson family has made a substantial leadership gift to launch this research initiative.
As an owner of the New York Jets, Mr. Johnson is committed to a culture of success built on three key elements: passionate players, supportive fans, and a new home field. His improvements to the franchise include: building a competitive team each season, a world-class training complex, and a 21st-century sports stadium. Under his leadership, the Jets posted eight winning seasons, appeared in 12 postseason games, played in two AFC championship games, and captured an AFC East title.
Mr. Johnson’s philosophy of a successful team celebrates the crucial role of fans, as well as the significant role the team plays in enriching the greater community. In this spirit, the New York Jets Foundation funds programs such as Eat Right Move More to help teach children the importance of good health habits, enhance educational experiences, and support the region’s disabled and disadvantaged residents.
Mr. Johnson serves as a Trustee Emeritus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropic organization devoted exclusively to promoting health and advancing healthcare. The Foundation aims to prompt new public policy, inspire action from the private sector, and improve the delivery of the best health care to the most people.
In Washington, D.C., Johnson has been a strong advocate for increased government spending for medical research. He helped initiate the campaign “The Only Remedy Is a Cure,” transforming the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) from a small, non-profit group into the largest private medical entity focused on finding a cure for diabetes. Today he serves as Chairman of JDRF International.
Mr. Johnson is active in local philanthropy and civic affairs, serving as a director of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Fund to Advance New York City and a board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. He also lends his time and talents to the Council on Foreign Relations, and is an Honorary Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society.