Lawrence leads Morningstar’s global financial technology outreach initiatives. He is working to strengthen the firm’s leadership role with world-class emerging growth companies and organizations fostering innovation in software, data management, business intelligence and user experience in the financial services sector.
Lawrence is a member of the Fintech Advisory Board of the Fubon Center for Technology, Business, and Innovation – NYU Stern School of Business, and the Board of Directors of iD-Lab. Lawrence moderated and served on panels at London Fintech Week, Fintech Week Chicago, IBM Think 2018, CryptoCon 2018, Morningstar Investment Conference MIC 2018, International Blockchain Congress, Intellisight (CFA Society), and the Asset/WealthTech Advisory.
Lawrence has a track record of leading emerging growth companies to successful exists, including RightPond (acquired by Morningstar), a Fintech company using machine learning to harvest unstructured financial data. He was a co-founder of yellowpages.com (acquired by AT&T), and director of CLRS Technologies (acquired by Solta Medical – Valliant).
Before his entrepreneurial endeavors, Johnson practiced law in the area of securities and technology law. He began his career at IBM.
Lawrence holds a commerce degree from McGill University and a law degree from the Université de Montréal. He is a member in good standing of the California Bar.