Randall Johnson, MBA
Executive Director, Southeastern Office
Randall Johnson has extensive experience in local, regional, and state economic development, with a focus on entrepreneurship and knowledge sector development. His work in the Southeastern Office focuses on strengthening the regional economy and improving quality of life across North Carolina, through economic development action related to marine biotech, clinical research, agricultural biotech, renewable bioproducts/energy and industrial biotech.
Johnson serves on volunteer boards in the region and state, including the NC Economic Development Association, NC Sustainable Energy Association, Board Chair of the Southeastern Economic Development Commission, and the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in Southeastern North Carolina, which he helped found. His work with statewide partners led to the creation of NC’s Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation and the NC Coast Clinical Research Initiative.
Johnson is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina Class XV and was awarded the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor award recognizing individuals who have answered the call to make a lifelong commitment to volunteer service.
Johnson graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with an undergraduate concentration in psychology and holds an MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University, where he concentrated in Operations Management, IT and E-business Management and Entrepreneurship.
He has completed several International Economic Development Council courses, including Basic Economic Development, Technology-led Economic Development, Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies, Real Estate Development and Reuse, Economic Development Strategic Planning, and Business Retention and Expansion.