Date: Thu, 06/12/2014 Johnson.jpg June 12, 2014 Contact: Chris Hunt, (208) 406-9106 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TU Taps Joel R. Johnson as New Chief Marketing Officer Former ad exec and branding pro now heads up TU’s marketing and communications WASHINGTON, D.C.—Trout Unlimited today announced that Joel R. Johnson, a former advertising agency executive and branding expert, will head up the non-profit conservation organization’s marketing and communications efforts. “I’m thrilled to come to an organization with such a stellar record for on-the-ground conservation,” Johnson said. “I’ve been a TU member for a long time, and my own passion for fly fishing has given me great insight into the work TU does to make angling better all across America.” Johnson comes to TU with more than 15 years of advertising, marketing and brand management experience. Most recently, he worked as a senior vice president for GMMB, where he developed marketing strategies for the American Beverage Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, and the Autocare Association. In years past, he’s worked to promote brands at PR and digital agencies, brands like Gillette, Pepsi and HP. Johnson will lead the membership marketing efforts, communications and PR, and corporate marketing teams at TU. “Joel brings very useful experience to TU,” said Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited. “Not only does he have the high-level marketing knowledge that will help us take our branding efforts to the next level, but he’s a passionate angler who understands that fishing is our front door, and that our growth and success will be driven by modern communications to anglers who get the connection between intact habitat, clean water and quality fishing. We’re very lucky to have him on board.” Trout Unlimited is the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s trout and salmon and their watersheds. Follow TU on Facebook and Twitter, and visit us online at tu.org.