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Principal, ExecHQ Alliance
Based in San Francisco, California
Experienced As:

Chief Communications Officer


Expertise Includes:

  • Business Consultant/Advisor
  • Chief Communications Officer
    • Business Consultant/Advisor
    • Chief Communications Officer

Warner Johnston is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience working with various national and international companies and governments. Beginning his career with the City of New York, he has developed and managed several successful communications offices and has worked with top-tier national and international media, both on and off-the-record.

His experience includes large-scale campaigns and productions, branding & marketing, crisis communications planning and delivery, and organizational development and coaching. Over the years, he has developed internal and external strategies, served as an official spokesperson, and coached founders and line staff alike for multiple non-profit and corporate organizations.

Raised in New York, he splits his time between his native city and San Francisco. Over Warner’s career, he has held a number of significant roles, including:

  • CEO of USA Region & Head of External Affairs for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) (2011 to 2021)
  • VP of Public Affairs for NYS Empire State Development Corporation (2007 to 2011)
  • Director of Public Affairs / Chief Spokesperson, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation (2004 – 2007)
  • Director of Communications, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (2002 – 2004)
  • Deputy Press Secretary, Office of the Mayor for the City of New York (2001)

Warner is a graduate of NYU with masters in public administration and social work/psychotherapy.