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Five Questions for Richard Johnson

71-year-old Business Development Manager Richard Johnson was born in Southend-on-Sea, England (home to the longest pleasure pier in the world). When not working, he enjoys sailing, gliding or spending time with his family, including four grandchildren, at his hideaway in Devon. He is passionate about solving problems.

Motto: “Try it, you can do it”

What attracted you to Brüel & Kjær?

For my final year project at university in the 1960s, I used Brüel & Kjær equipment for the first time, sparking my interest in NVH. Working for Brüel & Kjær seems the obvious place to be after almost 50 years in sound and vibration measurement. Here, I enjoy my role integrating our team (which joined Brüel & Kjær 18 months ago) into Brüel & Kjær’s Global Engineering Services organization and continuing to develop the consulting business. I also enjoy the challenge of keeping ahead in an increasingly competitive world, both technically and globally.

What is the most challenging project you have been involved in?

I am part of a team that has helped to get the NVH Simulator technology to be adopted as a standard part of our clients’ vehicle development process.

What irritates you most about your own personality?

I would rather listen than talk.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Time travel – so that I could experience great historical events and prevent future disasters.

Favourite things

Food: Beef Stroganoff. Book: ‘Sigh for a Merlin – Testing the Spitfire’ by Alex Henshaw.

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