Patrick M. Johnson
Board Role:  VP, Membership
Managing Partner, GreatBear Associates, Inc.

Pat Johnson is Managing Partner of GreatBear Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in management advisory services in information technology strategy, policy, and operations. Mr. Johnson has over 25 years management experience, largely focused in rapid-growth, turnaround, and merger/consolidation environments. He has a proven record as a Program and Engagement Manager who develops and mentors highly motivated teams that achieve superior results. He has extensive experience aligning Information Technology investment with business strategy and vision, while emphasizing profit enhancement and cost containment.

Mr. Johnson's cross-disciplinary talents include engagement management, complex program management, management consulting, project risk identification and mitigation, IT management, eBusiness, outsourcing, operations analysis and improvement, business process modeling, and governance. He’s been invited to speak before various groups on technology risk assessment, technology strategy, operations improvement, business continuity planning, information systems security and control, and service oriented architecture. He is currently team-teaching a course on Business Modeling for Service Oriented Architecture.

Mr. Johnson’s background includes work with start-ups, private equity firms, both “traditional” and emerging industries, and large academic institutions.

Mr. Johnson is active with several professional associations and affiliations including those with the Executives’ Club of Chicago, Society for Information Management (Chicago Chapter Board), Executive Technology Forum, Technology Executives Club, Technology Leaders Association, University of Minnesota Alumni Association (Chicago Leadership Team), Saint Thomas Academy Alumni Association, Loyola Academy Fathers’ Club, DePaul University CTI Executive Leadership Lab Exploratory Committee, Association for Computing Machinery, I.E.E.E. Computer Society, and American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

Through SIM-Chicago he is also actively involved in exploring ways to facilitate inter/intra-agency data sharing in association with Illinois Data Exchange Affiliates (IDEA) in conjunction with the Chicago Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.

He is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts as well as its Carlson Graduate School of Management.