Helen P. Johnson-Leipold
Helen P. Johnson-Leipold brings to her roles as Chairman & CEO of Johnson Outdoors nearly four decades of experience in business transformation, With skills in strategic planning, global operations and strategic marketing and planning, Helen leads Johnson Outdoors, a publicly-traded outdoor recreation equipment company; Johnson Financial Group, one of the nation’s largest private financial services companies; and, The Johnson Foundation, a nationally-recognized center of collaboration and catalyst for solutions to a better tomorrow. Earlier in her career, she spent eight years in advertising at Foote, Cone & Belding and also founded Spiaggia, Chicago’s first five-star restaurant. Helen is actively involved in numerous local and regional civic and charitable organizations, including, The Prairie School, an independent private day-school founded by her mother, Imogene Powers Johnson, where she serves as Vice Chairman. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Cornell University.
Year appointed: 1999