March 29, 2009
Maryland's unemployment rate is creeping higher, though still trailing the national average. The state's struggling with a budget deficit, and many agencies, including the Department of Business and Economic Development, face sharp funding cuts. Yet Christian S. Johansson, the agency's new secretary, is bullish about Maryland's position in the recession. The 36-year-old Harvard MBA was tapped by Gov. Martin O'Malley in January to lead the agency, He knows that past governors have typically chosen DBED leaders with more experience, but Johansson said he believes he'll be judged more on the results he can deliver to businesses and workers across Maryland.
February 17, 2009
At a time of financial crisis, Gov. Martin O'Malley has chosen as the state's new economic development chief a thirtysomething Baltimorean whose private-sector experience includes a failed dot-com, two companies based out of his mother's home and a year at a consulting firm. O'Malley's choice of Christian S. Johansson to lead the state Department of Business and Economic Development might seem risky for a Cabinet post recently held by men decades his senior with far more experience in business and government.
January 30, 2009
2 Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to announce today the appointment of Christian Johansson, a Harvard University-educated entrepreneur who has run a Baltimore-based business and government alliance, as the state secretary of business and economic development. Johansson, who must be confirmed by the Senate, would replace David W. Edgerley, who resigned in December to pursue a career in the private sector or education. O'Malley has sought to reorganize the Department of Business and Economic Development, a process that emphasized efforts for the biotechnology industry and international trade and consolidated some functions.
August 21, 2008
You kiss Penelope Cruz, exchange a few e-mails with Barack Obama, get engaged to heartthrob Ryan Reynolds, and what? People talk?! Well, if you're Scarlett Johansson, they do. But the 23-year-old New Yorker has a few things of her own to say about what people are saying. And, by the way, you'll be seeing a lot more of Johansson soon ... and we're not talking about the sex scene in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which now is in theaters. She's got two more highly anticipated films on the horizon - the comic-strip adaptation The Spirit and the star-studded take on the relationship advice best-seller He's Just Not That Into You. In VCB, Johansson's third Woody Allen film, she plays Cristina, one of two American girls who get romantically involved with a pair of wild Spaniards played by Javier Bardem and Cruz.
August 17, 2008
BEIJING - He is the ultimate Swiss timepiece now. Gold, no less. Roger Federer has been pursuing a spot on the top platform of an Olympic victory stand for eight years and three Olympics, and it didn't seem possible that he had not yet made the climb. He has been the best tennis player in the world for long enough to have your son or daughter start and finish college, but the Olympics have always been his banana peel. Last night, it finally came to pass that dreams do come true, even for icons who have realized almost all of theirs.
May 22, 2008
Christian Johansson, who helped the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore shift to a more targeted approach in attracting business to the region, will step down as the organization's president and chief executive in July. The alliance, a private economic development marketing group, said yesterday that Johansson is leaving after five years at the helm to start a private equity firm focused on minority businesses. "He has been energetic and has gotten out into the community and helped expand our board and our reach tremendously," said Laura Gamble, chairwoman of the alliance's board and president of Bank of America-Maryland.