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Electronics company executive

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.


Bachelor of Science in Advertising & Marketing, University of 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, Michigan, 1959-1967;executive vice president, general manager, Heath Company, St. Joseph, Michigan, 1971-1980;president, Heath Company, St. Joseph, Michigan, 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.


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

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


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sports, travel, reading.


Married Margie B. Taylor. Children: Kristin L. Posey, Stephen W., Sally B. Geldohf.

Edward Frank Johnson

Margie Bernice (Wiggers) Johnson

Margie B. Taylor;children: Kristin L. Posey

Kristin L. Posey Johnson

Stephen W. Johnson

Sally B. Geldohf Johnson