John Johnson

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John Kenneth Johnson 
John Johnson
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
New YorkNY

John K. Johnson is responsible for driving the firm’s innovation priorities and initiatives, which encompasses identifying and evaluating promising new ideas and ways of working together and serving clients. He collaborates with lawyers and business professionals across the firm to develop, lead and execute on the firm’s innovation strategy. John has more than 15 years of legal industry experience from the vantage points of external counsel, member of a corporate compliance monitorship team, senior in-house leader and corporate affairs executive. A key area of focus for John has been leveraging data and programmatic thinking to drive results.

Most recently, he served as the Global Head of Compliance at Spotify. Prior to that, he worked as Global Director of Compliance at AB InBev, SA, where he played a key role in launching its award-winning BrewRight platform, using machine-learning to identify risky business partners and transactions.

John brings a globally informed perspective. He has on-the-ground experience advancing corporate initiatives and managing complex assessments throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He was based in India for over two years, serving as the Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs for AB InBev’s South Asia subsidiary.

He is also a longstanding champion of DEI initiatives, previously serving as the founding board chair of Pipeline to Practice and on the board of the George Crawford Black Bar Association. He is also a member of the board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

John clerked for the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and recipient of the Samuel I. Rosenman Graduation Prize for Academic Excellence and Leadership. He is an alumnus of Yale College, where he received a B.A. in Political Science.


  • New York


  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York


Columbia Law School, J.D.
  • Editorial Board, Columbia Journal of Asian Law
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Samuel I. Rosenman Graduation Prize for Academic Excellence and Leadership recipient
Yale College, B.A.

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