Founder & Chairman
Managing Director – Centers for Organizational Reconnaissance
Arik Johnson is Chairman of Aurora WDC, the intelligence research, systems and training advisory firm 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 network and intelligence policy institute, the Centers for Organizational Reconnaissance, also known as the COR. Arik directs development of competing hypothetical solutions to 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
Arik is a frequent speaker on topics that intersect his interests in subjects ranging from understanding emergent phenomena, anticipatory cognition and decision-making in business, science, government and culture, particularly along the intersection of intelligence and analytics, governance and leadership, collaboration and engagement, and innovation and design.
Arik is a Fellow of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals society and has chaired SCIP’s annual international conference (2006), served on SCIP’s board of directors (2004 – 2006), won SCIP’s Catalyst award (2005), and served as a chapter coordinator, as well as, trustee and development committee chair of the CI Foundation.
Arik has earned degrees in History, Political Science, Business and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and today lives with his wife Kristina and children Liam, Grace, Zoe and Xander a few miles south of Madison. His family spends their time together on 40 acres of cropland and forest, cultivating hops for beer brewing, raising chickens, tending honeybees and sundry other amateur agriculture projects. He is active in his church and national Lutheran synod and volunteers helping young people in entrepreneurship programs and associated professional development opportunities.
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