Michael O. Johnson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Johnson is chairman and chief executive officer of Herbalife, a premier health and wellness company and community that serves customers in more than 90 markets. Mr. Johnson is an accomplished business leader with extensive experience expanding companies globally and spearheading successful business transformations. He served as CEO of Herbalife from 2003 to 2017, chairman from 2007 to early 2020, and CEO from 2019 to early 2020. He returned to the role of CEO in 2022.
During Mr. Johnson’s initial tenure as CEO of Herbalife, the company nearly quadrupled sales and expanded its operations around the world from 58 to 94 markets. Under Mr. Johnson’s leadership, Herbalife’s product portfolio and R&D function significantly increased by bringing approximately 65% of all product manufacturing in-house, including the development and introduction of the Herbalife24® line of sports nutrition products. Additionally, he drove many of the company’s key marketing initiatives, including the sponsorship of more than 200 athletes and teams around the globe.
As a member of the board of directors, his deep understanding of Herbalife, the company’s Independent Distributors and their customers is invaluable for the future growth and development of the company. Mr. Johnson brings decades of experience in corporate leadership and the direct selling industry, as well as expertise in product innovation and marketing.
Prior to Herbalife, Mr. Johnson led multiple departments of Walt Disney as president of those divisions, including Walt Disney International, Walt Disney Asia and the Worldwide Home Entertainment division of Walt Disney Studios. As a testament to his leadership skills, during his time as president, he increased Disney’s international markets from 34 to 80.
Before joining Disney, Mr. Johnson gained extensive experience in business leadership, operations and commercial relations in various positions with Audio Times magazine, The Movie Channel, Nickelodeon and MTV channels of the Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company.
Mr. Johnson is an avid health and fitness enthusiast who has been skiing and participating in triathlons and cycling races for more than 30 years.