Senior Advisor, Blackstone
David Johnson is the Chairman of Glilot’s Board of experts. Mr. Johnson joined Glilot while acting as an advisor across all of Blackstone’s investments group. He joined Blackstone in 2013 and is based in New York. In his brief time at Blackstone, Mr. Johnson has already initiated a number of major M&A deals including the 2014 acquisition of Accuvant, an information and security solutions provider. Under Mr. Johnson’s leadership, Accuvant merged with FishNet to create Optiv, the largest private cybersecurity company in the world, with annual revenues approaching $2B.
Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Johnson was Senior Vice President of Strategy at Dell Corporation, where he was responsible for corporate strategy, corporate development, and acquisition integration. Prior to joining Dell, Mr. Johnson held a number of positions at International Business Machines, including Vice President of Corporate Development, responsible for the company’s acquisitions, divestitures, minority investments, and acquisition integration. Mr. Johnson received a B.A. in English and an M.B.A. from Boston College.
Mr. Johnson’s decades of experience at esteemed multinational organizations have given him the knowledge and expertise to provide valuable insight for Glilot’s future investments and guidance for the current portfolio companies. As Chairman, Mr. Johnson’s primary responsibilities includes consulting Glilot about investment opportunities, assisting current portfolio companies with growth and penetration into US markets, and representing the firm on a global scale.