General Motors’ military product division, GM Defense, just announced that it will appoint Lieutenant General (Retired) John “JD” Johnson as the new vice president of Business Development.
Johnson assumes the role from Angela Ambrose, who served as interim VP of Business Development since March of 2020. Ambrose will resume her role as VP of Government Relations and Communications effectively immediately.
In his new position, Johnson will take on responsibility for identifying growth opportunities among government and military customers, including in the areas of integrated vehicles, power and propulsion, mobility, and autonomy. In addition, Johnson will lead customer engagement and develop strategic plans to win competitive pursuits in the U.S. and abroad.
Johnson brings over 35 years of experience serving in the U.S. Army. Johnson has held a number of positions at the Department of Defense, including director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization and Commander of Eighth Army in the Republic of Korea.
Following his active service, Johnson worked in the private sector, holding a variety of leadership positions at Raytheon, including active vice president of Customer Engagement and Solutions, as well as vice president of U.S. Government Integrated Solutions for Raytheon Intelligence & Space and vice president of Business Development for U.S. Army and Special Operations.
“JD will play an integral role accelerating our relationships within the national security community, as well as expanding our partner dialogues and growing our global pipeline,” said president of GM Defense, Stephen S. duMont. “JD brings a robust understanding of defense acquisitions, specifically how to shape and grow programs that provide enduring value to our warfighters. Having someone with JD’s impressive background and capabilities at the helm of Business Development will greatly improve our ability to bring innovative solutions to our defense and government customers.”
GM Defense recently announced that it was awarded a new $36 million contract by the U.S. Department of State to develop and validate the next-generation GM Defense HD Suburban for use in the Department’s Diplomatic Security Service.