AMA Names Johnson New CEO Following Long Search

The American Marketing Association (AMA) has named Bennie F. Johnson its new CEO, replacing Russ Klein, who left in December 2021.

Johnson, who joins from executive director of the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA), joins the AMA following a long search.

Prior to AIGA, Johnson was Chief Strategy Officer of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

"Full circle. Once upon a time there was a kid from D.C. that wanted to start his own business, he made flyers + posters, created strategies and pricing, and made sure that everyone knew his businesses were the best. I was marketing before I knew what marketing was," Johnson says in a message posted on his LinkedIn profile. "Today. I am extremely humbled and excited to announce my next leadership role as the new CEO of the American Marketing Association. (AMA) The largest global professional association for marketing and sales professionals across practitioner, academic, and collegiate communities."



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