Suzanne Nora Johnson

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Suzanne Nora Johnson (born June 14, 1957) is an American corporate lawyer and executive. Until 2007, she was vice chairman of Goldman Sachs, chair of the Global Markets Institute, head of the firm's Global Investment Research Division, and a member of the firm's management committee.[1]

Johnson joined Goldman Sachs in 1985 and became a partner in 1992. While at Goldman Sachs, she chaired the Pine Street/Goldman Sachs University board and served as a board member on the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Prior to joining the firm, Johnson was an attorney with Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and worked as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals.[2][3]

In July 2008, Johnson was appointed to the board of American International Group (AIG).[4]

Johnson is lead independent director at Intuit[5] and serves on the board of directors at Pfizer,[6] and VISA.[7]

Johnson is co-chair of the Brookings Institution[8] and serves on the boards of several other nonprofit institutions: The Broad Museum, The Broad Foundation,[9] the Carnegie Institution for Science,[10] the Markle Foundation. On June 16, 2022, the University of Southern California announced Johnson was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees, replacing Rick Caruso [11] and making her the first woman to hold the position.[12] A USC alumna, Johnson joined the USC Board of Trustees in 1998.[13] She is an advisory board member to the Initiative on Financial Security at the Aspen Institute. Johnson is also a member of the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems for the World Economic Forum.[8] She served as chairman of the visiting committee for the Institute for Innovations at Southwestern Medical School at the Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas (2003, 2004) and as a member of the visiting committee at the Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution of Washington (2000, 2004) and Harvard Law School (2006).

Johnson earned her Juris doctor from Harvard Law and her Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from the USC. Forbes ranked her at 34 on its 2006 list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women".[14]

On June 16, 2022, USC announced Johnson has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees, replacing Rick Caruso.[15]

Honors and awards[edit]

She was American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow of 2019.[16]


  1. ^ "Suzanne Johnson, Goldman Sachs Star, To Retire in January". The Wall Street Journal. December 5, 2006.
  2. ^ "Wall Street's alpha female wants to smash glass ceiling". The Guardian. January 15, 2006. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "Suzanne Nora Johnson to be Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs". November 29, 2004. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "AIG Elects Suzanne Nora Johnson to Board of Directors". July 16, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  5. ^ "Corporate Governance – Board of Directors". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Suzanne Nora Johnson". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Suzanne Nora Johnson – Person Details". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Brookings Institution Board of Trustees Elects New Board Co-Chairs". Brookings. 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  9. ^ "About Us". The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  10. ^ Science, Carnegie (2014-12-03). "Suzanne Nora Johnson, Co-Chair". Carnegie Institution for Science. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  11. ^ "Suzanne Nora Johnson elected new USC Board of Trustees chair". 16 June 2022.
  12. ^ "USC's trustees elect first woman as chair of the board as Rick Caruso formally steps down". Los Angeles Times. 16 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Suzanne Nora Johnson Joins Board of Trustees". 15 March 1998.
  14. ^ "#34 Suzanne Nora Johnson". Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  15. ^ "Suzanne Nora Johnson elected chair of USC Board of Trustees" (June 16, 2022)
  16. ^ "2019 Fellows and International Honorary Members with their affiliations at the time of election". Archived from the original on 2020-03-02.

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