An entrepreneur and CEO in PDF technology since 1996, Duff Johnson is an independent consultant. He has served as Executive Director of the PDF Association since October, 2014. Author of dozens of articles and a blog on electronic document management subjects, Johnson is known throughout the ECM industry as a leading strategist and educator.

Industry Roles

  • PDF Association
    • (2014 - present) Executive Director
    • (2010 - 2014) Board Member and Vice Chairman
    • (2010 - present) Chairman of the PDF/UA Competence Center
  • AIIM
    • (2012 - 2014) Member of the Board of Directors
    • (2012 - 2014) Standards Board Chair
    • (2005 - present) Chairman of AIIM's PDF/UA Committee

Standards Development Roles

  • ISO 32000 (PDF), ISO TC 171/SC 2/WG 8, Project Co-Leader
  • ISO 14289 (PDF/UA), ISO TC 171/SC 2/WG 9, Project Co-Leader
  • US TAG for ISO 32000 (PDF Reference), chair
  • US TAG for ISO 14289 (PDF/UA), chair
  • US TAG for ISO 19005 (PDF/A), member
  • US TAG for ISO 24517 (PDF/E), member
Learn more about Duff's consultancy at his website: Duff Johnson Strategy & Communications

Executive Director, PDF Association - Electronic document technology, document accessibility, PDF interactive features, international standards development

Winchester, MA, USA

Languages: English

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