Title: Vice Chairman, Director, Chief Legal Officer
Company: Koolbridge Solar Inc.
Location: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States
Phil Johnston, Vice Chairman, Director, and Chief Legal Officer at Koolbridge Solar Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of business administration.
As a student, Mr. Johnston attended Duke University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in economics, and went on to study at the University of North Carolina Law School, where he earned a JD. He continued his studies at New York University’s Graduate Business School, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Directors’ College at Stanford University. In 2010, he became a Babcock Entrepreneurial Fellow at Wake Forest University, and in 2013, he served on the Advisory Board for the Bryan School of Business and Economics. He was a Trustee on the University of North Carolina Law School for 22 years.
Mr. Johnston co-founded Koolbridge Solar Inc. and serves as vice chairman, director, and chief legal officer. He was licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina in 1963, starting as a manager in the National Division at Citibank. Over the course of his extensive career, he worked as president, chief executive officer, and director at Currier Piano Co., Chantry Lamp Co., Norman Perry, and Erwin Lambeth. He also served as president, chief executive officer, and director at DataPix Inc. from 1988 to 1990.
In 1990, Mr. Johnston became the chief executive officer for Digital Recorders Inc., where he worked until 1999, when he started at Pilot Biotechnologies, where he served as chief executive officer. He has authored multiple published works, including “Biscuitville: The Secret Recipe for Building a Sustainable Competitive Advantage,” “Success in Small Business Is a Laughing Matter” in 1980, which was called “the best book ever written about small business” by Esquire Magazine, and “True South: Leadership Lessons from Polar Extremes” in 2016.
Mr. Johnston is the chief executive officer of 11 companies and venture-backed technology turnarounds, and he is the former director of five publicly traded companies. He founded the North Carolina Electronic Association (NCTA), which is now the most influential trade association in the state, and serves on the board of directors for a variety of organizations and committees, including the finance and investment committee for the University of North Carolina Law School. As a testament to his success and stature, Mr. Johnston has been featured in the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and the 27th edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.
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