Mr. Pearlis Johnson has a diverse background in senior management and executive level service in both FAA and in the aviation industry. Mr. Johnson's experience in government spans over 20 years, and his private aviation industry experience exceeds nine years.
Before joining Southern Region, Mr. Johnson led international aviation regional safety goals and objectives as the Manager of the Africa Staff in FAA's Africa, Europe, and Middle East Office, Office of International Aviation. He also served as Manager of Strategic Information Communications and Evaluations for Flight Standards from 1991 to 1994 prior to his experience at a major air carrier.
Mr. Johnson left FAA to join Northwest Airlines where he held several key management positions, including Managing Director of Operations Human Resources. Reporting directly to Northwest's Executive Vice President for Operations, he provided leadership for recruitment, selection, development, and training for over 56,000 employees. His responsibilities also included labor relations and organizational design. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in developing and implementing Northwest Airlines' emergency response plans for the essential task of addressing family needs following airline incidents or accidents and anti-drug programs. He also led NWA's corporate-wide risk mitigation activities for the turn of the new millennium.
Mr. Johnson also served as the Vice President for Operations and Marketing for Operational Technologies Services in Vienna, Virginia. He provided leadership and direction for 120 technical and administrative personnel providing services to the Federal Government, including both the Department of Transportation and FAA. He returned to FAA in 2003.