Craig Johnston is an energy industry veteran with 25 years of experience in global business development, strategy formulation & execution, marketing, operations and engineering. He is described as an inspirational change leader with a rare combination of strategic insight, real-world experience and financial acuity. He strives to lead with integrity, personal dedication and a commitment to excellence.
Most recently, Craig co-founded Hive Companies to focus on distributed energy solutions and energy-related services for commercial properties. Prior to this, he served as Vice-President of Corporate Strategy Development and Marketing for Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy Corp., the parent company of OG&E, a regulated electric utility, and Enogex, a midstream natural gas pipeline business.
Prior to joining OGE Energy Corp., Craig served as Senior Vice President - Worldwide Oil & Gas Market for Air Liquide; a Paris-based manufacturer and marketer of industrial gases. He also held a wide variety of positions in process engineering, refining operations, economic optimization, business planning, strategy management, and business development during a 20-year career with ConocoPhillips.
Craig has an MBA from Rice University and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He has also completed the Trailblazers Leadership ProgramTM at the London Business School, the Enterprise Leadership Program at the Darden School of Business - University of Virginia, Leadership at the Peak at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs and the Utility Executive Program at the University of Idaho.
Craig serves on various organization boards as a Director, including: Trove, a FL data fusion company, Allied Arts in Oklahoma City, Sentinel Transportation Company (Delaware), and The Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho.
Craig and Rebecca, his wife of more than 30 years, have two adult sons, Steven and David.
Craig's life verse is: "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." 2 Chronicles 16:9
"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant." Max DePree
Successful people ask better questions and, as a result, get better answers. Many accomplished CEOs are infamous for their curiosity and enthusiastic questioning of customers and staffers alike. Asking timely, strategic questions is a conversational skill that makes us better at everything related to life and leadership.