Brian Johnstone did not grow up cheering every fall for Georgia’s beloved Bulldogs. In fact, as a nine year old immigrant from Scotland, he had never heard anyone yell “How ‘bout them Dawgs”? That would change over the years as he grew up in Marietta and ultimately made his way to the University of Georgia where he graduated from the Grady College with a degree in journalism.
Johnstone is the Executive Director of Public Affairs for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., a position he has held since June 1991. In this capacity he directs the company’s government and related community affairs activities for Georgia.
Before joining Lockheed, he was AT&T’s Director of Government Relations for the state of Georgia, and prior to joining AT&T he was employed by GTE where he headed public relations and government relations for the company’s Georgia operations.
A retired Army Reserve Colonel, Johnstone served active duty tours in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. While in Saudi Arabia, Johnstone served as Chief of Public Affairs for the U.S. Army forces.
Brian Johnstone is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and past president of its Georgia chapter. He also served as Associate President of the Georgia Press Association.
He is past President of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, the Georgia Industry Association, the Emory University Public Affairs Advisory Council and was a gubernatorial appointee to the Georgia Workforce Investment Board. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia.
He currently serves on the boards of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the USO Council of Georgia, the Georgia Council on Economic Education, the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association and the Atlanta Regional Military Affairs Council.
Brian enjoys sailing, golfing and is a vintage sports car enthusiast. Married to the former Susan Twilley of Thomson, Ga, they are the parents of two children, Brian, age 16 and Spence, age 8. The reside in Marietta, Ga and attend Marietta First United Methodist Church.