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Karlton Johnson

Chairman of the Board of Governors of the NSS, ranked among the most influential black corporate directors of 2021

All of humanity is fortunate to have a thought leader like Karlton Johnson, who has a vision for a human future in space that not only embraces, but actively promotes, diversity. . “

– Michelle Hanlon, president of the NSS

WASHINGTON, DC, United States, November 30, 2021 / – The Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, Karlton Johnson, was included in Savoy magazine Most influential black corporate directors of 2021. According to the publication, “Savoy Magazine, the leading African American publication on business, culture and lifestyle, announced its list of the most influential black corporate directors of 2021… this issue features Kenneth Chenault, former president – CEO of American Express, and Kenneth Frazier, executive chairman of Merck. The NSS is proud to have the head of its esteemed Board of Governors on this list for 2021.

“I am both proud and honored to be included on this list of talented executives,” Johnson said. “This list is a testament to the enormous talent that can be harnessed when organizations make diversity and inclusion a business priority. Highly specialized nonprofits such as the National Space Society recognize this and have continued to push the boundaries to bring high quality professionals into top leadership roles. I personally want to congratulate all of the leaders who were on Savoie’s 2021 roster, and look forward to harnessing the power of diversity for space colonization.

This year’s list of 2021 most influential black company directors welcomes many prestigious pioneers who serve on the boards of directors of major corporations and international organizations, including B. Marc Allen of Boeing Company and Oprah Winfrey, CEO of Oprah Winfrey Network. Also included in the list of celebrities and athletes serving on boards of directors, such as Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter (Square), Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. (DICK’s Sporting Goods), Shaquille O’Neal (Papa John’s International ) and Serena Williams (Momentive & Poshmark).

Michelle Hanlon, President of the National Space Society and herself Asian-American, said: “We who work closely with Karlton are not surprised by this recognition. Karlton is both motivated and focused. His magnetic and motivating leadership abilities are crucial at this important stage in humanity’s evolution into a multiplanetary species. The NSS is fortunate to have it in our organization, and all of humanity is fortunate to have a thought leader like Karlton who has a vision for a human future in space that not only embraces, but actively promotes diversity. This is a core value of the NSS: “Every human being has the opportunity to travel, live and / or work in outer space”.

Johnson is the Chairman and CEO of DeLaine Strategy Group, a strategic consulting firm providing advice to C-Suite executives in the public, private, not-for-profit and government sectors. Prior to joining corporate life, Johnson served for 26 years as a highly decorated combat veteran with the U.S. Air Force, conducting joint combat missions in hostile fire zones to bolster cyberspace capabilities. worldwide. He served with distinction as a Senior Executive / US Military CIO and Senior Expert Cyberspace Advisor to the 4-Star Commander of US Forces Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea, providing strategic oversight of all US communications and supporting 28,000 soldiers.

As chairman of the board of governors of the NSS, Johnson is a key member of the senior leadership of the NSS. He advises and guides the high performing team that implements the mission of the NSS to promote social, economic, technological and political change to expand civilization beyond Earth, colonize space and utilize the resulting resources to build a future full of hope and prosperity. for Humanity.

The National Space Society was founded in 1987 by the merger of the National Space Institute, founded to promote citizen support for the US space program, and the L5 Society, based on the work of space colonization pioneer Gerard K. O ‘ Neill. The NSS is the preeminent voice of citizens on the exploration, development and colonization of space. For more information, visit

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