Investment banking firm Elara Capital Plc announced on Tuesday that Jo Johnson, former U.K. minister of state, has joined its board of directors.
A member of parliament between 2010 and 2019, Johnson served as a senior government minister under three successive prime ministers, including as head of the No. 10 Downing Street policy unit and minister of state in the cabinet office; minister of state for transport; minister for London; and minister of state, attending cabinet, for universities, science, research & innovation.
He is now a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and President’s Professorial Fellow at King’s College London, as well as a member of the House of Lords.
“It is an honour for us to have Jo Johnson join our Board,” Raj Bhatt, chairman, Elara Capital Plc, said in the statement. “Elara Capital will benefit from Jo’s experience and also seek his guidance on investments in interesting growth sectors like technology and education.”
Johnson began his career as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank and later spent 13 years at the Financial Times, including as head of Lex and associate editor. His foreign postings included over three years as the FT’s South Asia bureau chief based in New Delhi, and four years as the FT’s Paris correspondent.