Robert Wood Johnson
Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
President Donald J. Trump nominated Robert Wood Johnson to be United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s on June 22, 2017. The United States Senate confirmed Ambassador-designate Johnson on August 3, 2017. In the Oval Office he was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence in the presence of President Donald J. Trump on August 21, 2017. He presented his credentials to the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office on August 29, 2017.
Ambassador Johnson departed Post on January 20, 2021.
Ambassador Johnson has served for more than thirty years as the Chairman and CEO of The Johnson Company, New York, NY, a private asset management firm; and since 2000 as the Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets football team and New York Jets Foundation.
Ambassador Johnson is the Founding Chairman of the Lupus Research Alliance and worked for many years with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The missions of these charities are to cure, treat and prevent Lupus and Type 1 diabetes and Ambassador Johnson has raised millions of dollars on behalf of these organizations.
Ambassador Johnson has served on the President’s Export Council, the President’s Commission on White House Fellows and he is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ambassador Johnson earned a B.A from the University of Arizona and lives in London with wife Suzanne and their two sons.
Speeches, Remarks & Twitter
Ambassador Johnson’s public speeches and remarks during his time in the United Kingdom are on his Speeches, Remarks & Media page.
During his time in London Ambassador Johnson was on Twitter via @USAmbUK
Ambassador Johnson’s official portrait is available for download using either of the links below (JPG image file, 3456 × 4727 pixels @ 300 DPI / 12Mb):
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Role of the Ambassador
The Ambassador, or Chief of Mission, is the highest ranking American official in the United Kingdom. The position’s full title is “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary”. It is “extraordinary” in that the Ambassador is the personal representative of the President of the United States to Her Majesty the Queen. The “plenipotentiary” in the title indicates full power to negotiate. As well as being responsible for the work of the various sections of the Embassy, the Ambassador coordinates the activities of all departments and agencies of the United States Government with representatives in Britain.