Otis Johnson

Otis Johnson, PhD, MPA

Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability Officer


A founding member of the Clinical Trial Optimization team at Merck and former head of Feasibility and Clinical Informatics at both ICON and Syneos Health, Otis Johnson is an accomplished clinical research professional and award-winning diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) leader. In his 22 years working in the pharmaceutical industry, he has held leadership positions at a number of global healthcare companies, including Merck and Clario. At Clario, he served in the C-Suite as Product Line Executive for one of 6 major products and is now the Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability Officer.

Otis was recently named to the prestigious Pharmavoice100 list of most inspiring industry leaders, shortlisted for the 2022 Informa Connect Impact Leader award for his Environmental Sustainability work and named a Mogul Top 100 DEI leader for 2 consecutive years. He serves on the diversity advisory boards of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). He is also on the advisory board of the Wake Forest University’s Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Research Management and a global board member of the Healthcare Businesswomen Association (HBA).

Challenges and Solutions for Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion