Jonathan E. Johnson
Jonathan E. Johnson III is a business and legal executive and community leader. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in Japanese from [Brigham Young University]. As a Ministry of Education Scholar, he studied at Osaka University of Foreign Studies in Japan. He also received a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU.
He practiced corporate law in Los Angeles with two different international law firms, Graham & James and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. He was a judicial clerk at the Utah Court of Appeals for Judge Leonard H. Russon. He is an adjunct faculty member at the BYU J. Reuben Clark Jr. Law School.
He joined TenFold Corporation, a software company, and filled several positions, including General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer. He joined Overstock.com in 2012 and again filled various positions, such as acting chief executive officer, chairman of the board of directors, senior vice president, corporate secretary, general counsel, and president. As of 2014, he is executive vice chairman of Overstock.com.
While Utah waited for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the state’s same-sex marriage legislation, he founded Promote Liberty PAC in an effort to combat what he believed could eventually lead to an infringement on the First Amendment rights of Utah citizens. He proposed an amendment to the Utah State Constitution that would protect religious liberty.
Johnson sits on the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce where he serves as the Chairman of the Clean Air Task Force. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Utah Technology Council and is a member of the Better Business Bureau’s National Partner Leadership Circle.
He and his wife live in Holladay, Utah, and have five sons.