Bret Johnsen, SpaceX

Bret Johnsen, chief financial officer of SpaceX
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Bret Johnsen, chief financial officer of SpaceX

Bret Johnsen is chief financial officer of SpaceX, overseeing the long-term financial development of the company, interfacing with the financial community and managing the company's internal financial operations. Johnsen brings more than 20 years of financial leadership experience to SpaceX, mostly in high-profile, publicly traded companies. He has served in this role since joining SpaceX in 2011.

Previously, Johnsen spent nearly a decade at Broadcom, the world's largest manufacturer of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, where he helped transform the organization into a leading Fortune 500 technology company. Starting out as controller for a number of business groups within Broadcom, he quickly rose through the ranks. He ultimately was named vice president, corporate controller and principal accounting officer, overseeing an 80-member accounting organization in nine countries.

After leaving Broadcom, Johnsen served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Mindspeed Technologies. In 2010 he was named CFO of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal for bringing the chip maker through the recession by cutting costs, reworking debt, selling stock and raising cash through patent sales.

Johnsen holds a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Southern California and a master of science in finance from San Diego State University. He is a certified public accountant in the state of California.