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New Group Worldwide Chairman Coming in at J&J

Posted: September 13, 2012

Johnson & Johnson announced Sandra E. Peterson will join the company on December 1, 2012, as group worldwide chairman and a member of the company’s executive committee. She will have responsibility for the consumer group of companies, IT and global supply chain.

Currently the chairman and CEO of Bayer CropScience AG, based in Europe, Peterson has diverse and relevant global experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer goods, health care intermediaries and strategy development.

“Sandi Peterson is an experienced global leader known for her strategic thinking and proven track record in growing businesses,” said Alex Gorsky, J&J’s CEO. “She brings 25 years of experience to her new role, which will draw on her expertise in building fully integrated global businesses, and focusing on growth.”

Peterson has held her current role at Bayer since 2010. Previously, she was president and chief executive officer of Bayer Medical Care and president of Bayer HealthCare AG’s Diabetes Care Division. Prior to joining Bayer in 2005, Peterson spent five years in leadership roles at Medco Health Solutions. She previously led global research and development, procurement and regulatory affairs at Nabisco, Inc. and in strategy, finance and product development at Whirlpool Corporation. She began her career in consulting, with McKinsey & Company, Inc.