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Johnson & Johnson Leaders Make Fortune's 2017 Most Powerful Women List
Group Worldwide Chair Sandi Peterson and Company Group Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, The Americas Jennifer Taubert are honorees once again this year.

Two of Johnson & Johnson's top leaders have made Fortune magazine's list of Most Powerful Women: Group Worldwide Chair Sandi Peterson Sandi Peterson,Group Worldwide Chair, Johnson & Johnson and Company Group Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, The Americas Jennifer Taubert Jennifer Taubert,Company Group Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, The Americas—both of whom made the 2016 list.

Each year since 1998, Fortune has highlighted 50 women who are leading in their industries—and transforming their businesses along the way.

Peterson, who has appeared on the prestigious list five times and secured the #22 ranking this year, recently expanded her role at Johnson & Johnson to include oversight of the company's hospital medical devices business, in addition to her existing responsibilities overseeing consumer and consumer medical devices, global design, global services, health technology, health & wellness, information technology and supply chain.

The secret to her success? In a word, "optimism."

Since Johnson & Johnson was founded, women have been at the center of the story. More than half of the initial 14 employees were female, and today we have a vibrant, diverse group of leaders across our enterprise.

"It’s not in my DNA to say we can’t, we don’t, we’ve never," Peterson says. "To be bold and make a difference, we need to experiment, test and learn, and do things differently. I think the most important lesson I’ve learned over the course of my career is the importance of intellectual curiosity, agility of learning, and relying on other people and figuring out how to get the best out of them."

Since debuting on last year's list, Taubert—who oversees innovation-based growth from Canada to South America for the company's pharmaceutical division—spearheaded the release of the company's 2016 U.S. Transparency Report, which sought to address questions about drug pricing and other company practices.

To Taubert, who nabbed the #43 ranking this year, it makes sense that more than one company leader is being feted by Fortune.

"Since Johnson & Johnson was founded, women have been at the center of the story," she points out. "More than half of the initial 14 employees were female, and today we have a vibrant, diverse group of leaders across our enterprise. Our representation on the list is an extraordinary hallmark in our continued efforts to ensure that Johnson & Johnson embodies diversity and inclusion in all that we do."

Powerful Women—and Powerful Mentors
Learn how Peterson and Taubert are nurturing the next generation of global women leaders in this video.