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Michael E. Johnson

Co-CEO and Chief Risk Officer, Gurtin Municipal Bond Management

Johnson was promoted in 2016 to Co-CEO along with firm founder Bill Gurtin. The firm has more than $14 billion under management for high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals. Johnson started the research group at Gurtin when he joined the firm in 2008. According to the founder, Johnson has run nearly every department in the firm since. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations. Prior to joining Gurtin, Johnson served as head of Merrill Lynch’s Municipal Credit, Banking Credit, and Insurance Credit teams. He also worked at Moody’s Investors Service.

ALMA MATER: UC Riverside, New School University