Thomas S. Johnson
Retired Chairman and CEO, GreenPoint Financial Corporation
While pursuing a career as a highly respected and successful banking chief executive, Tom Johnson has also extended his leadership skills and vision to many secular and faith-based nonprofit organizations. Johnson spent more than 30 years in banking, most recently as chairman and CEO of GreenPoint Financial Corp. from 1993 until his retirement in October 2004. During his tenure GreenPoint realized a compound annual rate of earnings per share growth of 19.9 percent and became one of the most profitable large banking companies in the nation.
Previously, Johnson was president and a director of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. from 1989 to 1991. He was with Chemical Bank from 1969 to 1989, serving as president and a director from 1983 to 1989. He continues to serve on the boards of the Phoenix Companies Inc. and R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. Inc., and he was recently elected to the Board of Freddie Mac.
In addition to finance, Johnson's personal and professional lives reflect a particular commitment to the fields of international relations and education. After obtaining a BA from Trinity College and an MBA from Harvard, he began his career by starting the master of business management program at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, the first full-time graduate business school in Asia. For two years, he taught finance, developed the program's curriculum, recruited faculty, and arranged for formal assistance, through the Ford Foundation, from Harvard University. The program grew to become the Asian Institute of Management, the leading graduate school of business in the region. From 1966 to 1969, Johnson also served as a special assistant to the comptroller of the U.S. Department of Defense in the Pentagon.
Johnson serves as chairman of the Institute of International Education, the preeminent sponsor of international educational exchange programs, including the Fulbright Program.
He has also served a number of other non-profit organizations: he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of New York's public television station WNET Channel 13, the United Way of New York City, and the Cancer Research Institute of America. He has also served on the boards of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the September 11th Fund.
Johnson is a former member of the Group of Thirty, an international financial research body composed of senior financial executives and economists from around the world. He served for a total of 20 years as a trustee of Trinity College, including six years as chairman, and for 14 years as a trustee of the Union Theological Seminary, including nine years as chairman.
Born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, Johnson is married to the former Ann Werner. The couple has three children, Tom, Scott (deceased Sept. 11, 2001), and Margaret.