- Bicentennial Medal (2019)
Robert Johnson received a B.A. in economics and geography from Indiana University. Johnson has continued his support of the university since his time as a student, and currently serves on the IU Alumni Association Board of Managers and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. His previous board service has included terms on the IU International Studies Program External Advisory Council and the IU College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Alumni Board.
Johnson has had a successful corporate career that spans over three decades in public service. While he began at Proctor & Gamble, he spent more than twenty-five years as part of the Kraft Foods family. Johnson held numerous roles in leadership and management positions while at Kraft, including in retail, supply chain and logistics, client marketing, consumer insights, brand development and client cultivation. Before leaving, Johnson led the company as Customer Vice President for Sales, National Accounts.
Currently, Johnson serves on the Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Center Advisory Board, the Smithsonian Institution Steering Committee, the Adelante Foundation, the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment Business Advisory Board, and the Sister City Committee San Francisco/Ho Chi Minh City Board of Directors. In 2019, Johnson was awarded Indiana University’s Bicentennial Medal, in recognition of his distinguished contributions and support.