Russell Johnson

Russell Johnson



Russell is a 30-year industry veteran with extensive experience managing the successful delivery of some of the world’s most complex and profitable software used by more than a billion people worldwide.

Russell was first recruited by Microsoft in 1989. After a range of technical roles (including five patents to his name for various Windows 95 UX innovations) he quickly rose to Group Program Manager for Excel, responsible for overall product definition and timely technical execution of one of the most widely-used and innovative technologies of the 1990’s and beyond.

Acquisitions often involve post-close code base integration and Russell has virtually unparalleled experience with technology integrations, having sat on the Microsoft Office “Triage Team” responsible for integrating major desktop applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc…) into a single product offering, Microsoft Office. It was one of the largest code base integration efforts ever and offered unequaled first-hand experience of the technology issues, business realities and human side of integrating massive separate technologies and teams into a cohesive profitable whole.

Russell was next tapped to oversee the complete re-architecture of MSN Chat, transforming it into one of the world’s first global, peer-to-peer, real-time SaaS messaging products to operate at scale.

After leaving Microsoft, he served as an architect for several early stage startups developing new consumer services for web and mobile platforms.

Russell is one of the earliest practitioners of technical due diligence, having been involved since 2008 when the field began to mature from a specialty into an industry in its own right. He has personally evaluated hundreds of millions of lines of code, and more than 10 billion of dollars’ worth of technology in all manner of acquisitions, from mobile to cloud to desktop in both B2B and B2C spaces.

Russell graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a dual B.S. in Information Systems and Industrial Management.