Public Statements & Remarks

Statement of Acting Chairman Behnam on the Passing of Philip McBride Johnson

August 18, 2021

— Commodity Futures Trading Commission Acting Chairman Rostin Behnam issued the following statement on the passing of former CFTC Chairman Philip McBride Johnson:

“The CFTC shares in mourning the recent passing of former Chairman Philip McBride Johnson, who served as Chairman from 1981 until 1983. In 1982, as Chairman, he reached an agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman John Shad on the Shad-Johnson Accord, which paved the way for futures on stock indexes. A true CFTC trailblazer, Chairman Johnson was instrumental in drafting key provisions of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Act of 1974 that created the CFTC, giving life to a small independent agency that would become a world leader in the regulation and oversight of derivatives.

“We at the CFTC offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues and recognize former Chairman Philip McBride Johnson as one of the CFTC’s most influential leaders.”