Gerald Johnson, AHA EVP Office of Health Equity & Chief Diversity Officer
As Chief Diversity Officer for the American Heart Association (AHA), Gerald brings a wealth of experience in building brands and driving sales results for great brands including Lever 2000, Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Dr Pepper, 7-UP, Snapple, Healthy Choice, Orville Redenbacher and Earvin “Magic” Johnson at fortune 100 companies including Unilever, Nabisco, Cadbury Schweppes, Dr. Pepper/7-UP, ConAgra Foods and Magic Johnson Enterprises. During his tenure he’s held various leadership positions in Marketing, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer for Magic Johnson Enterprises and the Magic Johnson Foundation with accountability for leading marketing across all businesses, as well as driving revenue and sales for Strategic Alliances, Licensing and Fund Raising.
An industry leader and sought out speaker, Gerald currently holds responsibility as Chair of the Sponsorship and Event Marketing Committee for the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and other advisory board roles.
From a volunteer leadership perspective, Gerald is committed to making a difference in communities nationally by serving on committees and boards over the years at The American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Catholic Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Meals on Wheels.