Diversity Leadership: Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson
Chairman and CEO
Johnson & Johnson
Serving in the military was great training for Alex Gorsky’s corporate career. “I learned how to live with, work with, and serve with very diverse teams and individuals. I quickly discovered no one had a lock on the right answers,” he told DiversityInc.
Gorsky began his Johnson & Johnson career in 1988 as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, holding positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and management until he was named President of Janssen in 2001. Two years later, he became Company Group Chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceuticals business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
After a four-year stint at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, during which he became CEO, Gorsky returned to J&J as Company Group Chairman for Ethicon, before being promoted to Worldwide Chairman of the Surgical Care Group, then Worldwide Chairman of the Medical Devices and Diagnostics Group. He was named CEO in April 2012.
A longtime D&I advocate, Gorsky is executive sponsor of the Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Veteran’s Leadership Council. He was named Mentor of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association in 2009. At Novartis, he created the company’s CEO Diversity & Inclusion Award.
Gorsky earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He served six years in the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of Captain. He is a member of the board of directors of the Travis Manion Foundation.