Richard M. Johnson

Richard M. Johnson

Title: President, Chief Executive Officer
Company: Parenteral Drug Association
Location: Harriman, Tennessee, United States

Richard M. Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer at Parenteral Drug Association, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pharmaceuticals.

With a goal to work with people worldwide and make safer pharmaceutical products, Mr. Johnson has excelled as the president and chief executive officer of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) since 2009. PDA is an individual member-based scientific organization that attains about $20 million in revenue per year. Notably, PDA conducts about 25 global conferences on pharmaceutical manufacturing, offers 150 educational courses, operates a miniature manufacturing facility used for training and produces ample technical guidance that is widely used in industry and regulators. Prior to his current role, Mr. Johnson spent one year as a pharmaceutical consultant after serving as vice president of global quality at WUeth/FDAH from 2005 to 2008. Earlier, he was director of the corporate quality center of excellence at Hospira/Abbott from 2001 to 2005, director of corporate quality technology at Alcon Laboratories from 1993 to 2001, director of quality assurance for Sanofi Winthrop from 1992 to 1994 and director of validation at Fluor Daniels from 1990 to 1992. He commenced his career in international technology services with Bausch & Lomb from 1983 to 1990.

In his nearly 40-year career in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry, Mr. Johnson has become recognized as a leader with excellent knowledge of U.S. and international regulatory requirements, quality practices and technical operations, especially invalidation, sterilization, aseptic and sterile processing. In addition, he developed a plant in China in the 1980s and started up a domestic plant. Notably, Mr. Johnson has received several awards from PDA and was named to Medicine Maker in 2016. He attributes his vast success in taking advantage of opportunities and his own persistence. Presently, he maintains affiliation with the International Organization for Standardization Committees, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Matriculating at Marshall University, Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1977 and a Master of Science in microbiology in 1979. In five years’ time, he plans to continue contributing to the advancement of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products.

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