MGM ups Johnson to sr. VP

David G. Johnson, general counsel and executive vice president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., has been upped to senior exec VP, it was announced Monday by Frank Mancuso, MGM chairman and chief executive officer.

As part of the senior management team led by Mancuso and vice chairman A. Robert Pisano, Johnson has responsibility for identifying and developing merger and acquisition investments and joint venture opportunities for MGM and its subsidiaries. He continues to serve as chief legal officer, overseeing all legal and various business affairs of the companies.

“David has done an exceptional job in helping to revitalize MGM and was one of the key executives instrumental in the management-led buyout and the Orion/Goldwyn acquisition,” said Mancuso.

Pisano said, “His combination of industry expertise and Wall Street experience makes him the ideal candidate for this new expanded position as MGM pursues growth opportunities.”

Johnson joined MGM as exec VP and general counsel in 1995. He was previously a partner of White & Case, the New York law firm, where he repped MGM and its then parent Credit Lyonnais on all corporate finance, merger and acquisition activities.

Johnson has also repped a number of U.S. and international corporations and investment banks, including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Chase Manhattan Bank and Sir Run Run Shaw in connection with their merger and acquisition and corporate finance activities.

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