Jay Johnson is CFO of the Lakeland Companies and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Jay joined Lakeland in April 2012 yet he brings decades of familiarity with Lakeland’s finances. Previously he was a partner at Minnetonka, Minn.-based Passolt Johnson & Co., an independent CPA firm, where he managed the Lakeland account for 30 years. He succeeds longtime accounting head Roger Quern following his retirement.
Jay brings extensive experience with closely held businesses like Lakeland. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in accounting, he joined accounting firm Kaliher & Passolt in 1979. He began managing the Lakeland accounts three years later, and in 1985 became partner of what then became Passolt & Johnson.
Jay is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. A native of the Twin Cities, Jay currently resides in Shorewood, a suburb of Minneapolis, and enjoys hobbies including golf and north woods hiking.