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No. 5: Alex Gorsky

Manufacturing Power 50

Alex Gorsky


It has been a rough year for Johnson & Johnson. The company spent a lot of time in court, settling several high-profile cases involving the marketing of its opioid products while defending charges that its baby powder contained asbestos. In early November the company released the results of tests showing that its baby powder was free of asbestos. Veteran executive Gorsky, J&J’s chairman and CEO has weathered the storm.

Gorsky is one of just seven leaders who have served in the dual role since the company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1944. He began his Johnson & Johnson career as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 1988. Over the next three decades, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, and management, culminating in being named CEO and chairman in 2012.

Under Gorsky’s leadership, Johnson & Johnson has both upheld the company’s 133-year legacy of delivering solutions to the world’s most urgent unmet health care needs, and continued to redefine expectations when it comes to purpose-driven innovation and sustainable growth on behalf of all stakeholders. During his tenure, Johnson & Johnson has become a leading global pharmaceutical company as well as the industry’s number one investor in research and development.

The medical device sector is at the forefront of applying cutting-edge technology to surgery, vision care, orthopedics, and interventional solutions. And the consumer health business continues to evolve its portfolio of both heritage brands and innovations in self-care and skin health.

It’s also important to note that unlike many other pharmaceutical companies doing business in The Medicine Chest of the World, J&J actually does make stuff here.

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