Around the world and back

Image of Bryan JohnsonBryan R. Johnson,’86, returns to campus to give a public lecture as part of the UW-La Crosse College of Business Administration Citizens State Bank First Friday Lecture Series.

Citizens State Bank First Friday Lecture Series continues Feb. 1 at UWL

UW-La Crosse alumnus Bryan R. Johnson will present “From UWL, around the world and back: A journey created through corporate finance” during the UW-La Crosse College of Business Administration Citizens State Bank First Friday Lecture Series at UWL.

The free public lecture will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in Skogen Auditorium, 1400 Centennial Hall, 308 N. 16th St., La Crosse. A reception will follow the lecture in Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.

The lecture series provides scholarly dialogue about business management and leadership directly from today’s business leaders.

Johnson, ’86, is vice president and chief financial officer of Global Solutions, a UnitedHealth Group company. The health and well-being company is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and currently ranks No. 5 on the Fortune 500. Global Solutions specializes in products that serve members crossing international borders or outside their home country.

Johnson has been with UHG for 23 years, serving in his current role for 12 years. His previous roles within global businesses include chief administrative officer, president for several product lines and controller. In addition to his responsibilities for all financial disciplines of Global Solutions, he has been a key participant in the development of the global expansion strategy and has worked with organizations throughout the world. 

Prior to joining UHG, Johnson held various roles with HealthSystem Minnesota, a hospital and clinic provider organization, and Wipfli Ullrich Bertelson, a regional CPA firm.

Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UWL with majors in finance, economics and accountancy. He is also a graduate of the UWL ROTC program and a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Johnson holds an MBA in finance from the University of St. Thomas.