Mr. Johnston was most recently named as the new TIA CEO. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) investments for the Gores Group, a leading global private equity firm. He was responsible for portfolio company oversight as well as leading operational due diligence efforts for the firm's TMT investments. He is a board director with Imagine Communications, Elo Touch Systems, Alpheus Telecommunications and the Tweddle Group.

Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Johnston held senior executive positions with global, multi-national firms as well as start-up technology companies. Most recently, he was EVP and Chief Operating Officer with Dimension Data, where he led sales, marketing, solutions development and service delivery in North and South America for the $6 billion technology integrator. Mr. Johnston has more than 25 years of experience leading, consulting with, and transforming technology-based businesses.

Mr. Johnston earned a BA from Princeton University, an Executive MBA from George Mason University and completed a two-week European study program at Oxford University. A lifelong technologist, he is also a cyber security co-patent holder: No. 20150244771 – “System and method for interconnecting and enforcing policy between multiple disparate providers of application functionality and data centers and/or end-use.”