Mr. Johnson is a senior executive with 30+ years of investment industry experience working with some of the most sophisticated institutions and family office investors on their portfolio investments.
Mr. Johnson spent over 15 years at BlackRock, the ~$9 trillion AUM global multi-asset investment manager. As a Managing Director and member of the Institutional Client Business Group, he advised and provided oversight for some of the largest and most sophisticated domestic institutional client relationships. He oversaw approximately $40 billion of client capital invested across a broad range of global strategies. At BlackRock, he worked under current Star Mountain Senior Advisor, Doug Waggoner, who led BlackRock’s Institutional Client Business Group.
Mr. Johnson was most recently a Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations & Fundraising at Backcast Partners, a $1.2 billion AUM private credit manager focused on senior lending to non-sponsored and sponsor backed companies in the U.S. lower middle-market. Mr. Johnson was responsible for all aspects of the fundraising process including coordination of investment consultants for larger institutional clients.
Prior to Backcast, Mr. Johnson was a Managing Director at PineBridge Investments as part of the Americas Institutional Sales Group where he focused on middle-market direct lending, mezzanine credit and secondary investment strategies. He helped restructure the U.S. product suite and played an integral part in the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) effort.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Johnson was a Vice President at JPMorgan Asset Management responsible for building and managing direct relationships with over 30 clients representing total AUM of more than $10 billion. While at JPMorgan Asset Management, he was selected to join a group of 37 professionals from its nine global offices in a rigorous five-month program designed to build core competencies in all product lines and client areas.
Mr. Johnson started his career as a tax specialist at KPMG.
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He currently serves on the Board of Regents for Delbarton School where he holds three positions: Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents, Chairman – Finance and Audit Committee, and member of the Investment Committee.