William A. Johnstone

William JohnstoneWilliam A. Johnstone is President and Chief Executive Officer of Davidson Companies in Great Falls, Montana. Mr. Johnstone joined D.A. Davidson & Co. as President in August 2000, and became President and CEO of Davidson Companies in January 2004. Previously, he was Managing Partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, a Minneapolis-based law firm with offices around the world, where he began his career as an attorney. Before returning to law, Johnstone was Vice Chairman of the investment firm Dain Rauscher Inc. and President and CEO of Rauscher, Pierce, & Refsnes Inc., a subsidiary of Dain Rauscher.

A native Montanan, Johnstone earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Montana State University and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, again with honors.

He has served or is serving on various boards of directors at the national, state, and local levels. He currently is active as a board member for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.