Chairman, Institute of International Education
Retired Chairman and CEO, GreenPoint Financial Corp.
Thomas S. Johnson was Chairman and CEO of GreenPoint Financial Corp. and GreenPoint Bank from 1993 until he retired in 2004. Prior to his tenure at GreenPoint, Mr. Johnson was President and Director of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company from 1989 to 1991. His career in banking started in 1969 at Chemical Bank and Chemical Banking Corporation where he became President and Director in 1983.
After graduating from Harvard in 1964, Mr. Johnson began his career by starting the Master of Business Management Program at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines – the first full-time graduate business school in Asia. From 1966 to 1969 he served as a special assistant to the Comptroller of the U.S. Department of Defense in the Pentagon.
Mr. Johnson joined the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education in 1989 and was elected the Chairman of the Board in January 2003. Mr. Johnson is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the U.S.-Japan Foundation and is a Trustee or Director of The Inner City Scholarship Fund, United Way of New York City, The Lower Manhattan Development Corp., and The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum Foundation, and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is Trustee Emeritus and former Chairman of Trinity College, former Trustee and Chairman of the Union Theological Seminary, former Trustee and Treasurer of The Asia Society, former Trustee of The Cancer Research Institute, and a former Member of the Group of Thirty, Consultative Group in International Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Mr. Johnson currently sits on the Boards of Alleghany Corporation, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. Inc., The Phoenix Companies, Inc. and is Lead Independent Director on the board of Santander Holdings USA, Inc. He is a former Director of Freddie Mac, North Fork Bancorporation, Prudential Life Insurance Company of America and Online Resources Corp.
Mr. Johnson received an B.A. in Economics from Trinity College in 1962 and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School in 1964.