Kent L. Johnson
Investment Banker, Shareholder Representative, Receiver, Trustee, Business Strategy, Expert Witness
Email Kent | Direct: 206-792-1962
Kent Johnson is a Senior Advisor of the global investment banking Firm, Alexander Hutton/Oaklins. He is also Managing Director and Co-Founder of Aebig & Johnson Business Resolutions, LLC. Johnson’s current business activities include advising on Mergers & Acquisitions and acting as a shareholder Representative, and providing Receiver and Trustee management services and litigation support as an expert witness on management and board of director’s fiduciary duties and responsibilities. One of Johnson’s recent Receiver engagements involved a complex Ponzi case of six financially interwoven special purpose investment entities with net cash invested of $60 million by 80 investors. Working in cooperation with the SEC, DOJ, IRS and FBI, Johnson successfully closed multiple companies and collected $30 million in cash in asset recoveries for the investors. A recent Shareholder Representative engagement involved representing over 300 selling shareholders in a multiple $100 million merger. Expert witness work has included testifying on corporate governance practices, business viability, failures and strategy related to major corporate bankruptcies.
With a business career spanning over 35 years, Johnson has held various leadership positions including CEO, COO, CFO, Managing Director, board member, investment banker, venture capitalist, private investor and consultant. He has been directly involved in over 50 start-up and emerging growth companies and five public companies that combined raised in excess of $400 million in various forms of private and public equity and debt financings. He is highly skilled in mergers and acquisitions, strategic/tactical planning and positioning of companies and products for maximization of shareholder value, and hands-on experience in all functional areas of business, including marketing, sales, operations, engineering, finance, administration and legal.
Johnson is a former adjunct professor of MBA business management courses at Seattle University. He is currently a Director of Halosource Corporation (HALO.L) and Dimensional Mechanics. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of Vera Whole Health, Prestige Notaries/NotaryDash, and Ro Health, and a former Director of numerous Northwest companies including F5 Networks (FFIV), Timeline (TMLN), Ostex International (OSTX), SelfCharge Battery and Overdrive Systems of Cleveland, Ohio. Johnson served on the Board of Trustees of Seattle University for 10 years and was a member of SU’s audit committee.
Johnson was awarded his BA degree in accounting from the University of Washington and his MBA degree from Seattle University. He received his CPA certificate in 1974 (now non-practicing) and his NASD Broker/Dealer license (now non-practicing) in 1995. His prior work experience has included working as a CPA for Arthur Andersen, LLP, CEO of two software companies-Microrim and Overdrive Systems, COO of Brazier Forest Industries, President and Co-Founder of Alexander Hutton Capital, LLC, an NASD broker/dealer and investment banking firm, and Managing Director and Co-Founder of Alexander Hutton Venture Partners, a $100 million venture capital firm.
Selected by Seattle University in 1991 as one of 100 outstanding alumni covering its 100-year history, Johnson endowed and created the Lawrence K. Johnson Chair of Entrepreneurship at SU in honor of his Father in 2000. He is currently an active member of the Advisory Board of the SU Entrepreneurship Center. Johnson was also a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) of the U.S. Army OCS and was a nuclear missile officer. In this capacity he received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Seattle Roundtable.