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William E. Johnson

William E. Johnson, American electronics company executive.


  • Johnson, William E. was born on July 15, 1932 in Lincoln, Illinois, United States. Son of Edward Frank and Margie Bernice (Wiggers) Johnson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Advertising & Marketing, University Illinois, 1955. Master of Business Administration, Stanford University, 1972.


    • Assistant advertising manager Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor, Michigan, 1957-1958. Vice president marketing Heath Company, St. Joseph, 1959-1967, executive vice president, general manager, 1971-1980, president, 1980-1992. Vice president marketing Columbia Broadcasting System, Santa Ana, California, 1967-1971.

      Vice president strategic alliances Zenith Data Systems, St. Joseph, 1988-1992. Chief operating officer Gast Manufacturing Corporation, Benton Harbor, since 1993. Trustee National Bank Detroit, Benton Harbor, since 1982, Digital Interface Systems, Benton Harbor, since 1983, Gast Manufacturing, Benton Harbor, since 1985.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Congregationalist


    Trustee Mercy Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph, since 1978. Board trustees Young Men’s Christian Association, St. Joseph, since 1980. Chairman board trustees Lakeland Regional Health Systems, since 1990.

    Trustee Michigan Healthlink, since 1994, Center for Health Affairs, since 1992. 1st lieutenant Signal Corps, 1955-1957. Member American Management Association, American Marketing Association, Economics Club Southwest Michigan, Masons, Shriners, Berrien Hills Country Club, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.



    Sports, travel, reading.


    • Married Margie B. Taylor. Children: Kristin L. Posey, Stephen W., Sally B. Geldohf.
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    • 1955
      University Illinois
    • 1972
      Stanford University
    • 1957 - 1958
      Assistant, advertising manager Whirlpool Corporation
      Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States
    • 1959 - 1967
      vice president, marketing Heath Company
    • 1967 - 1971
      vice president, marketing Columbia Broadcasting System
      Santa Ana, El Salvador
    • 1988 - 1992
      vice president, strategic alliances Zenith Data Systems
    • 1993
      chief operating officer Gast Manufacturing Corporation
      Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States
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