Aspen Institute to get new president |

Aspen Institute to get new president

Chicago attorney Elmer W. Johnson is expected to become the new president of The Aspen Institute.Currently a partner in the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Chicago and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Johnson succeeds Charles B. Knapp at the institute’s helm. Knapp resigned after two years with the institute, to return to higher education.Johnson’s appointment as president is subject to approval by the institute’s board at its July meeting.”We are pleased to have someone with Elmer Johnson’s wisdom and experience leading The Aspen Institute,” said Ann McLaughlin, chairman of the institute’s board of trustees. “As a member of the institute’s board for over ten years and a resource to the institute’s seminar program, Mr. Johnson knows firsthand the important role the institute plays when it brings leaders together to discuss the important issues of our time. He understands the need for forming strategic alliances – among businesses, the community, government, and others – in order to meet these challenges.”A Denver native, Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. He became a partner with Kirkland & Ellis in 1962, and has handled several major clients for the firm since. He has also authored several articles on ethics-oriented issues regarding the large corporation, the legal profession, capitalism and public policy, and he has written and lectured widely on corporate governance issues.

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