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"Managers manage within paradigms - Leaders manage between paradigms..."

Dr. John O. Johnson, PhD
CEO and President

President, CEO & Chief Decision Scientist - Dr. John Johnson is MBDM's Founder and a past Senior Manager and Director of Booz Allen's Global Technology and Predictive Modeling Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers' Integrated Performance Management Practice, Answerthink's Financial and Cost Management Practice and the Hackett Group's Global Benchmarking Practice. 

Dr. Johnson holds a Masters in Computer Science and Business Mathematics (with a Major in Business Information Technology), a Masters in Business Administration (with Majors in Strategy & Finance), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering (with a minor in Applied Mathematics).

He is a member of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), The Strategic Planning Society (SPS), The Institute of Management Consultants (IMC). He is also a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Dr. Mark Gershon, PhD

Senior Director - Dr. Mark Gershon is the former chairman of the Management Science and Operations Management department at Temple University. An industrial engineer by training, he began his career as a quality engineer with the Project Management office at the Army's Armaments Development Command.

He then worked as a project manager for Control Data Corporation, responsible for software development applications and consulting projects for the minerals industry, before coming to Temple in 1983. Since then, Dr. Gershon has focused on developing and implementing new ideas for project management and quality management. Besides earning a Professional Engineer's license, he holds certification as a Project Management Professional and a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.


He consults and gives seminars on these topics around the world. Dr. Gershon has published widely, including two textbooks and over thirty refereed journal articles. In 2002, he was keynote speaker at a conference in China, and has served on the editorial boards of international journals. An excellent teacher, he has been honored with the Lindback Award for Teaching by Temple. 

Dr. John O. Johnson, MD
Senior Vice President

Senior Vice President - Dr. John O. Johnson, is a Board Certified MD with responsibilities for managing MBDM's Medical Contracts that span protocol development and medical/scientific oversight of clinical research studies involving new or marketed drugs in the Neuroscience / Psychiatric Clinical Research group.


He is responsible for all phases of our client's trial processes, including but not limited to the design, oversight and medical monitoring of Phase I to V clinical trials, as well as preparation of progress reports and summaries regarding analysis, interpretation and reporting of final clinical trial results.

His responsibilities also include presentation of research findings at national and international scientific meetings, and preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.


He also contributes to establishing Neuroscience and Psychiatric-based Clinical Development Strategies and executing on short- and long-term research project objectives.


He provides internal scientific leadership to cross functional teams supporting clinical development, and external leadership through interaction with key opinion leaders.

Some of Dr. Johnson's additional responsibilities include:

  • Growing the business through meaningful commercial contribution via business development, i.e., growing a book of business and bringing new accounts into the MBDM portfolio.

  • Build consulting delivery capability as an effective recruiter, manager and developer of people.

  • Create market eminence and play a senior leadership role in the practice through relevant thought leadership contributions, offer development and enhancement, and internal leadership in the practice area and firm as a whole.

  • Lead and develop client relationships and ensure delivery of well-structured projects that exceed client expectations.

  • Work collaboratively with other executives to design and deliver customized and innovative solutions for the client.

  • Provide leadership and refinement to the practice, resources, and staff development.

Dr. Johnson is a  graduate in Neuroscience at Temple University's College of Science & Technology and a Graduate of Howard University's College of Medicine in Psychiatry. He has conducted research at DuPont's Children's Hospital into the causes of rare muscle diseases and has authored two recent books.