Chairman of the Board
A corporate leader with nearly four decades of experience in business transformation, Helen leads Johnson Outdoors, a publicly-traded outdoor recreation equipment company; Johnson Financial Group, one of the nation’s largest private financial services companies; and, The Johnson Foundation, a nationally-recognized center of collaboration and catalyst for solutions to a better tomorrow.
A native of Racine, Wisconsin, Helen earned her B.S. in Psychology from Cornell University where she played four years of varsity tennis. Following college, she spent eight years in advertising at Foote, Cone & Belding and also founded Spiaggia, Chicago’s first five-star restaurant. In 1985, Helen joined SC Johnson, working her way up through the ranks to become Vice President, Worldwide Consumer Products in 1997. She was named Chairman, Johnson Outdoors in 1999, and Chairman of both Johnson Financial Group and The Johnson Foundation in 2004, succeeding her father in all three roles. In addition, Helen serves as a Director, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., her family’s consumer household products company.
She is actively involved in numerous local and regional civic and charitable organizations, including, The Prairie School, an independent private day-school founded by her mother, Imogene Powers Johnson, where she serves as Vice Chairman. She and her husband, Craig, owner of the NHL Minnesota Wild franchise, reside in Racine, WI and are the parents of five adult sons and grandparents of four.