LEDs Magazine 40 Under 40 Profile: Kim Johnson

July 24, 2020
Igor director of marketing Kim Johnson has been involved in sustainability initiatives since she was an MBA student.

Kim Johnson came to her career in the smart lighting and buildings niche with Igor via market research and consulting. Prior to becoming the first marketing hire at Igor, she worked as director of client services at Chicago-based boutique firm Foresight ROI, working with a team on large accounts including Tyson Foods, Nestlé, and Bush Brothers. During her time with Foresight, she consulted part-time with Igor.

As she builds Igor’s brand, she leads initiatives on product launches, partner marketing, public relations, content marketing, events, digital strategy, sales collaboration, human resources, and more. She spoke at the 2020 Strategies in Light conference, outlining the value proposition of Power over Ethernet (PoE) as an enabler of smart building systems. Johnson was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD and attended Augustana University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She also graduated with honors from the University of Iowa’s full-time MBA program with an emphasis on marketing.

While an MBA student, she was elected president of the program’s sustainability group, Net Impact. Johnson combines her passion for sustainability and technology with her experience in consumer products and marketing analytics to create successful marketing strategies.

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Carrie Meadows | Editor-in-Chief, LEDs Magazine

Carrie Meadows has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing and media industry. She worked with the PennWell Technology Group for more than 17 years, having been part of the editorial staff at Solid State Technology, Microlithography World, Lightwave, Portable Design, CleanRooms, Laser Focus World, and Vision Systems Design before the group was acquired by current parent company Endeavor Business Media.

Meadows has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards, and has volunteered as a judge on several B2B editorial awards committees. She received a BA in English literature from Saint Anselm College, and earned thesis honors in the college's Geisel Library. Without the patience to sit down and write a book of her own, she has gladly undertaken the role of editor for the writings of friends and family.

Meadows enjoys living in the beautiful but sometimes unpredictable four seasons of the New England region, volunteering with an animal shelter, reading (of course), and walking with friends and extended "dog family" in her spare time.

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Maury Wright | Editor in Chief

Maury Wright is an electronics engineer turned technology journalist, who has focused specifically on the LED & Lighting industry for the past decade. Wright first wrote for LEDs Magazine as a contractor in 2010, and took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. He has broad experience in technology areas ranging from microprocessors to digital media to wireless networks that he gained over 30 years in the trade press. Wright has experience running global editorial operations, such as during his tenure as worldwide editorial director of EDN Magazine, and has been instrumental in launching publication websites going back to the earliest days of the Internet. Wright has won numerous industry awards, including multiple ASBPE national awards for B2B journalism excellence, and has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards. He received a BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University.