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Carl Johnson has been named the NFL's vice president of officiating, replacing the retiring Mike Pereira as the head of the league's officiating department.

Johnson, one of the NFL's highest-rated officials who has worked eight postseason games, has been a line judge since joining the league in 2001. He officiated in Super Bowl XLII (Giants-Patriots), four divisional playoff games including this year's Dallas-Minnesota game, two wild-card playoff games, and one Pro Bowl.

"Carl Johnson is highly respected both by his on-field and off-field officiating colleagues for his stellar body of work and his integrity," NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said. "His teamwork-first philosophy and his excellent communication skills will provide terrific leadership to our officiating department."

Pereira is set to retire in April. He was a side judge when he joined the officiating department as a supervisor in 1998, later replacing Jerry Seeman as the head of NFL officiating in 2001.

Johnson was a high school official in Thibodaux, La., his hometown, from 1982-93. He then became a head linesman and line judge in the Southland Conference in 1994-95. From 1996-2000, Johnson officiated as a head linesman in the Big 12 conference and worked the 1996 and '97 Sugar Bowl games, the '98 Rose Bowl, and the '99 Big XII championship game.

In addition to his on-field officiating expertise, Johnson has 30 years of business management experience. This has included training and managing a large sales force for a major company in Louisiana. He has overseen staff hiring, performance reviews, promotions, discipline, and terminations, and has conducted numerous meetings and coaching initiatives to improve the performance of his staff.

"Carl's skill set is an outstanding match for this position, and we look forward to his leadership in this critical area of our operations," Anderson said.

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