Arlington, VA

CNA President and CEO Katherine McGrady today announced that Vice Admiral David Johnson, USN (Ret.), and Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, USCG (Ret.), are joining the CNA Board of Trustees. Vice Adm. Johnson is the Vice President of Strategy for the Integrated Mission Systems segment of L3 Technologies. Vice Adm. Neffenger chairs the U.S. Board of Directors for Smartmatic.

"We are very pleased to welcome Vice Admiral Johnson and Vice Admiral Neffenger,” said Ambassador Maura Harty, the chair of the board. “Combined, they have served our nation for 70 years in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and I know this experience will prove invaluable to CNA.”

Both men have had illustrious careers in service to our nation. VADM Johnson completed a distinguished, 36-year career in the U.S. Navy. Most recently, he served as the Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, where he had responsibility for all Navy and Marine Corps programs and development for maritime, ground, aviation, space and C4I systems.

VADM Neffenger was appointed in 2015 by President Obama to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a position he held until January 2017. Prior to this, he distinguished himself in a 34-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served as the 29th Vice Commandant and head of Coast Guard global operations. He was also the Deputy National Incident Commander for the 2010 BP Gulf oil spill, the largest and most complex in U.S. history.

“We are very fortunate to have both Vice Admiral Johnson and Vice Admiral Neffenger,” McGrady said. “Their distinguished careers bring a perspective to the board that supports CNA’s dedication to doing work that supports the safety and security of the nation.’”

VADM Johnson holds a naval engineering degree and a master’s in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has received various personal and campaign awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal with one gold star.

VADM Neffenger holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a Master’s in Business  Management from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s from Baldwin Wallace University. He is a two-time recipient of the Department of Homeland Security’s Distinguished Service Medal and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council and an instructor in Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.