Michael O. Johnson
Michael O. Johnson is Chairman and CEO of Herbalife Nutrition, a premier global nutrition company that serves customers in more than 90 countries. Johnson is a passionate proponent of Herbalife Nutrition’s mission to improve the nutrition habits of people worldwide, strengthening our communities and helping people live healthier and happier. As chairman and chief executive officer, he sets the strategy for Herbalife Nutrition, overseeing all aspects of the company’s growth strategies, and ensuring that the Company continues to be recognized worldwide as a leading nutrition company, with a keen focus on initiatives that can positively impact obesity, healthy aging and other issues affecting global society.
Mr. Johnson served as Herbalife Nutrition’s CEO from 2003 to 2017 and as chairman since 2007. He moved into the role of executive chairman in 2017 until returning to serve as chairman and CEO in 2019. Under his leadership, Herbalife Nutrition grew from net sales of $1.1 billion in 2003 to $4.4 billion in 2017, implemented industry-leading standards in consumer protection, and built a global brand through its sponsorship of more than 200 teams, athletes and fitness events around the world.
Recognized for his vision and leadership in nutrition and health, Mr. Johnson strengthened Herbalife Nutrition’s product development and manufacturing through the development and execution of a strategy that ensures rigorous quality standards and control of product integrity. Johnson’s industry-leading initiatives include significant investment in scientific areas of R&D, quality assurance, product safety and compliance; the creation of a more vertical supply chain; partnerships established with world-class ingredient suppliers and farmers of key ingredients; and the building of a team of industry-leading scientists and experts who innovate in the nutrition field, while maintaining a high standard of product quality.
Mr. Johnson also served as chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) from 2008 to 2018. HNF is funded through donations from Herbalife Nutrition, its distributors, employees, families and friends. In 2005, HNF launched its worldwide Casa Herbalife Nutrition Program to help bring good nutrition to vulnerable children, and there are now more than 120 Casa Herbalife programs helping bring good nutrition to over 100,000 children around the world.
Outside the boardroom, Mr. Johnson is a fitness enthusiast and has been participating in triathlons and cycling races for more than 30 years. He has encouraged Herbalife Nutrition Members and employees to join with him in participating in triathlons, marathons, cycling and fitness events around the world. Prior to joining Herbalife Nutrition, Mr. Johnson spent 17 years with The Walt Disney Company where he served as president of Disney International. He has also served as an Independent Director of Univision Communications Inc.