Senior Strategist & Chief Growth Officer
Paul Johnson serves as APCO Worldwide’s senior strategist and chief growth officer, and is based out of APCO’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Johnson works closely with the company’s senior leadership to develop and implement local, regional and global growth strategies. He is a seasoned public affairs and strategic communications professional, responsible for developing, managing and executing complex public affairs and issue-focused programs. He also serves on APCO’s International Advisory Council.
Prior to joining APCO, Mr. Johnson served as president and chief executive officer of SP Consulting, the strategic communications and public affairs division of Strategic Partnerships LLC, a D.C.-headquartered business consulting firm. In this position, Mr. Johnson was responsible for all of SP Consulting’s business operations, including client relationship management and business and talent acquisition, as well as formulating and executing the company’s strategic growth plans. Mr. Johnson is the founder of kglobal, an international business consultancy that specializes in public affairs, grassroots marketing, advocacy and international political campaigns. In 2011, under Mr. Johnson’s leadership, kglobal was named the industry’s “Best New Agency” by The Holmes Report. Mr. Johnson also previously served as the vice chairman of Interpoint Group, a Pegasus Capital portfolio company. In this position he identified strategic acquisitions and built out an organic hub-and-spoke operation with key services and geographies.
Mr. Johnson served as the vice chairman of global growth and the president of public affairs at FleishmanHillard (FH) for 23 years, where he managed the Mid-Atlantic and Latin American regions. During his tenure at FH, Mr. Johnson co-chaired the firm’s executive management committee, leading its 32 diverse practice groups and directing the firm’s external growth drivers. He was also responsible for the selection, vetting and management of the firm’s strategic acquisitions.
Mr. Johnson also has extensive experience working with all phases of company start-ups. He is a seed investor in the 1776 Fund, which focuses on new and emerging technologies designed to have a positive societal impact. He has and continues to serve as an advisor on the boards of numerous companies, including SlowTalk, JoGo, Federa and CQInsights.