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No. 4: Alex Gorsky

Health Care Power 50


Gorsky is the seventh chairman and chief executive of Johnson & Johnson since it became a publicly traded company in 1944. He began his J&J career as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1988. Over the next 15 years, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and management including assignments in the U.S., Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He was named chief executive officer in April 2012 and chairman later in the year.

Under Gorsky’s leadership, J&J continues in its 132nd year to be one of the world’s exceptional corporations. The company was given the No. 1 ranking on Barron’s Magazine’s 2016 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies,” and is currently the number one pharmaceutical company on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Respected Companies.” A longtime advocate of diversity and veteran’s issues, Gorsky has been named one of the “100 Most Inspiring Leaders” by Pharma Voice. Most recently, in December of 2017, he received the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation.

For the past three years, Gorsky has been on the list of the Highest Rated CEOs on The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards. He has also received the Jackie Robinson Award, Appeal of Conscience Award, the Joseph Wharton Leadership Award and the CADCA Humanitarian of the Year Award.

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