Adobe names Jace Johnson, former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, as the company's new vice president for government affairs and public policy.
Systems has announced the appointment of a new vice president for government
affairs and public policy to bolster its presence in the nation's capital.
a Nov. 22 announcement, Adobe named Jace Johnson as its vice president for
government affairs and public policy. Johnson joins Adobe with both technology
industry experience and a background in government and public policy issues. He
previously served as the chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.
In that role, Johnson supported the senator's roles on the U.S. Senate
Committees on Finance; Judiciary; Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
(HELP); and Intelligence.
[sic] extensive record of public service and strong business acumen makes him an
ideal choice for leading the company's global public policy and government
affairs work," said Karen Cottle, senior vice president and general
counsel at Adobe, in a statement. "We welcome his experience and
leadership as we continue our growth in the public sector markets, and work in
a bipartisan fashion with government and policy bodies on key issues such as
intellectual property and the continued support for innovation in our
in Adobe's Washington, D.C.,
office, Johnson will join Adobe's director of public policy, Paul Hughes, to
work with government entities and industry associations on a range of public
policy issues, Adobe said in a press release on the announcement. Hughes has
extensive international experience from his time with the U.S. Department of
State. In Washington, Hughes
served with the National Security Council in the Clinton White House and on the
staff of Secretary of State Warren Christopher before coming to Adobe in 1998
to open its government relations and public policy department.
addition to public policy, Johnson will also advocate for the role of
technology in helping federal agencies meet their information, collaboration
and open government needs, Adobe said. Adobe has recently expanded its overall
presence and workforce in the Washington, D.C.,
market in recognition of both the area's policy significance and market potential, the company said.
Prior to joining Hatch's staff in 2002, Johnson was one of the first
employees of Corvis Corporation, a successful startup communications company that
went public in July 2000 and was later purchased by Level 3, Adobe said.
Johnson served as director of finance, working with the executive team to build
the company into an international entity with more than 3,500 employees
worldwide and a market cap of $40 billion. Johnson joined Corvis from his role
as manager of financial analysis and planning at Visa Interactive,
a wholly-owned subsidiary of Visa International, which concentrated on building
out the nation's home banking infrastructure in the mid-1990s.