Chairman, Board of Directors
CMMC Accreditation Body
Karlton D. Johnson is a senior executive and respected visionary leader with over 32 years of subject matter experience in strategic leadership & risk, partnership creation, organizational excellence, mission assurance, cybersecurity and enterprise communications technologies. Mr. Johnson has deep expertise in bringing insight, clarity and direction towards empowering critical decisions that solve complex problems for organizations. He also has a proven track record of identifying growth opportunities that deliver tangible efficiencies for companies and has broad international experience consulting to foreign governments in driving large-scale program initiatives from requirements to full implementation.
A decorated combat veteran, he previously served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq. Under his leadership, his joint team conducted numerous combat missions in hostile fire zones to build revolutionary ICT capabilities for the Iraqi Ministries of Defense, Interior, and the Counter-Terrorism Bureau. In his final posting, he served with distinction as the Senior US military executive/CIO and lead cyberspace expert adviser to the 4-star Commander at United States Forces-Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea. As the Korean Peninsula’s senior U.S. cyber executive, he led elite Joint military, civilian, and contract personnel in providing strategic oversight for all U.S. communications in the Republic of Korea supporting 28,000 military personnel, and he was the principal U.S. military liaison to Republic of Korea’s cyber organizations for bilateral cyberspace cooperation.
In 2014, Mr. Johnson retired from USAF Active Duty as a Colonel after 26 years of honorable service. Over his long and distinguished career, he successfully developed solutions that enabled business transformation globally for large, multinational organizations, exercised strategic leadership in firms of up to 47,000 employees, and led resource asset portfolios up to $5.5 billion. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Delaine Strategy Group LLC, a strategic advisory practice providing counsel to C-Suite leaders in the public, private, non-profit and government sectors.
Mr. Johnson serves in senior leadership positions on other Boards, and he also holds several Master’s Degrees and executive Graduate Certifications from various institutions to include George Washington University, National Defense University, West Virginia University, ISACA and the U.S. government.