Sept. 16, 2004
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - - The USTA Nominating Committee on Tuesday announced the nomination of former UCLA tennis player Franklin R. Johnson as USTA Chairman of the Board and President to serve a two-year term in 2005-2006. Johnson, currently completing a two-year term as USTA First Vice President, is scheduled to take office January 1, 2005. He was Board Secretary-Treasurer during 2001-2002 and previously served as Director at Large for two terms.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be nominated for this very special responsibility in our sport," said Johnson. "Tennis is poised for a resurgence in our country with unprecedented collaboration at every level. I embrace the opportunity to build on this momentum and thank current President Alan Schwartz for his significant efforts and achievements."
Johnson is a business consultant and expert witness in entertainment industry litigation. In a 36-year career with the international accounting firm Price Waterhouse LLP, he rose to Managing Partner of its entertainment industry practice in Los Angeles, performing professional services for nearly every major company in entertainment. He oversaw the balloting for the Academy Awards for 21 years.
A former President of the USTA Southern California Section, Johnson chaired the Board Budget and Investment committees and served on numerous USTA committees, including International, Finance, Audit and Evaluation and Olympic committees. For many years, he has served as the Tournament Chair of the Mercedes-Benz Cup, an ATP event owned by the USTA Southern California Section held annually in Los Angeles that is now part of the US Open Series. An avid tennis player, Johnson has won four national titles: the USTA hard court 15-and-under and 18-and-under championships in singles and doubles. He played on the varsity team at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he helped the Bruins win three consecutive conference titles and the NCAA team championship in 1956.
Johnson received a B.S. in accounting and an M.B.A. from UCLA. He and his wife, Anne, reside in Los Angeles. They have two children and one grandchild.