ISEA President & CEO Charles Johnson Accepts New Position

Johnson Will Stay at ISEA Through 2021 to Assist with Transition

October 28, 2021 (Arlington, VA) – Yesterday, Charles Johnson, president & CEO of the International Safety Equipment Association, submitted his resignation to the Board of Trustees. He is leaving ISEA to serve as President and CEO of The Aluminum Association, where he previously spent 19 years in multiple roles.

Johnson was hired as ISEA’s president in August 2017 and promoted to president & CEO in April 2021.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as president of ISEA, and I remain committed to the work of this industry and its association,” said Johnson. “I am proud of the organization’s growth and the progress we have made in advancing occupational safety.”

The ISEA Executive Committee will immediately move forward with a plan to engage an interim CEO and undertake an executive search for Johnson’s successor with Sterling Martin Associates

In a letter to ISEA members, ISEA Chairman Craig Wallentine said, “We are grateful to Chuck for all that he has done to grow ISEA and advance occupational safety in his four years with the association. His work to represent the safety equipment industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when PPE was at the forefront of a global crisis, propelled ISEA to new heights. Under his leadership, this association and industry developed deeper, trusting relationships with policy makers, regulators, the media, and workers around the world.”

Wallentine noted, “I am confident with his support and the leadership of current staff and the Board of Trustees, ISEA is well positioned to carry out its mission and reach its strategic goals as we find a successor to bring new, innovative ideas and experience to lead the industry.”

Questions for ISEA can be directed to Nicole Randall at or (703) 525-2148.




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