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Derek Johnson, CFA

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director – Worldwide Services of Aurora WDC, Mr. Johnson spends most of his time guiding the overall strategy of the business and directing the firm’s external consulting opportunities with clients. Prior to this promotion in March 2010, he served the prior seven years as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Research with the firm. Prior to joining Aurora in 2003, Mr. Johnson was in the Investment Management industry as an account and portfolio manager. He served as Wisconsin’s SCIP chapter co-chair from 2007-2009 and remains on the steering committee, was Program Chair of the 2009 SCIP International Conference, and is a SCIP Catalyst Award recipient.

Phone: +01 (608) 268-3470

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Arik Johnson

Founder & Chairman
Managing Director – Center for Organizational Reconnaissance

Arik Johnson is Chairman of Aurora WDC, the intelligence research, systems and training consultancy he founded in 1995. After stepping aside as CEO in late 2009, today Arik serves as Managing Director and lead architect at Aurora’s R&D lab, think tank and intelligence policy institute, the Center for Organizational Reconnaissance (RECONVERGE.net). Arik directs hypothesis development on seemingly intractable intelligence problems and works with organizations of all kinds to develop a performance-driven organizational reconnaissance apparatus to monitor, detect, interpret and anticipate changes in the business environment that could help them outperform their peers.

Phone: +01 (608) 630-4242

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John Thomson

Chief Research Officer,
Director – Field Intelligence

John Thomson joined the company in early 2005 and has more than 17 years of experience in the field of corporate intelligence and counterintelligence. Based in Atlanta, his role as Chief Research Officer focuses on managing the field intelligence collection efforts of our research teams, with final decision-making capability on the composition of the research teams and the ongoing directives of their efforts. He also manages our network of overseas research partners. Over the course of his career, he has worked hundreds of intelligence projects for a multitude of Fortune 500 and Global 2000 clients across more than 15 different industries.

Phone: +01 (770) 519-2560

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Greg Ervin

Chief Technology Officer,
Director – Intelligence Systems

Greg serves as CTO and Director of Intelligence Systems at Aurora WDC, a global intelligence organization headquartered in Madison, WI. Reporting to the CEO, he is responsible for the oversight of all endeavors that couple technology and human analysis. For over 13 years, Greg has been helping companies of all shapes and sizes leverage technology and process engineering to increase the efficacy and efficiency of research initiatives.

Phone: +01 (651) 262-4282

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Dr. Craig S. Fleisher

Chief Learning Officer,
Director – Professional Development

A widely published and highly cited author/co-author of 10+ books including Analysis Without Paralysis 2nd Ed. (FT Press, 2013), FT Guide to Analysis for Managers (FT Press, 2009), Business and Competitive Analysis (FT Press, 2007), Competitive Intelligence and Global Business (Praeger, 2005), Strategic and Competitive Analysis (Pearson, 2003), Controversies in Competitive Intelligence (Praeger, 2003), as well as 100+ articles, he is also a former business school dean and endowed university research chair holder, former President of the international association of Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) and inaugural chair of the Competitive Intelligence Foundation.

Phone: +01 (608) 630-5869

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Richard P. Loomis

Director – Research Solutions

Richard has more than 18 years of competitive intelligence experience with a particular emphasis in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries. This work has included overseeing investigations focused on generic pharmaceuticals, biosimilars, and specialty pharmaceuticals as well as branded biopharmaceuticals.

Although Richard’s competitive intelligence career history has been primarily as a consultant to corporate clients, he has also served as a corporate director of competitive intelligence with TransAmerica Occidental Life Insurance. Richard is the lead author on a number of syndicated market analysis studies and industry journal articles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Phone: +01 (608) 612-0033

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