Ashley McEvoy is Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices, Johnson & Johnson and a member of the Executive Committee. Ashley leads the surgery, orthopaedics, interventional solutions and eye health businesses, which generate approximately $26B in revenue, with 80% of sales coming from platforms that are #1 or #2 in the markets in which they compete. She oversees 70,000 employees across Ethicon, DePuy Synthes, Biosense Webster and Johnson & Johnson Vision—more than half of Johnson & Johnson’s workforce.
With Ashley at the helm of Medical Devices for the past two years, the business experienced a momentum shift and posted accelerated growth. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashley has mobilized her teams to partner with healthcare professionals, health systems and patients to help educate on safely re-entering the healthcare ecosystem and to ensure people everywhere receive access to the treatment they need.
Ashley inspires her teams to disrupt medical interventions to meet the needs of patients around the world. Her disciplined approach to portfolio optimization has allowed the business to advance its strategy in the high-growth area of robotics and digital surgery, ushering in the future of surgery to simplify procedures, drive efficiency, reduce complications and ultimately make it safer for patients. She spearheaded the acquisition of Auris Health in 2019 to accelerate the company’s entrance in robotics with a commercially available platform in the U.S. Under her leadership, there have been more than $6.5B in acquisitions and strategic collaborations in Medical Devices, representing 50 different deals to enable growth and address unmet patient needs.
Ashley has been with Johnson & Johnson for more than 20 years and has served in leadership roles in Consumer and Medical Devices. She is a Credo-based leader who has delivered above-market performance for all four multi-billion-dollar, global companies she has led, and she is particularly adept at designing turnaround strategies for mission critical businesses.
In 2006, Ashley co-led the integration of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare into McNeil, the largest acquisition Johnson & Johnson had done to date. She delivered above-market results for the company’s global over-the-counter business, while advancing patient access through key innovations like the first-of-its-kind switch of Zyrtec to OTC status. In 2009, as the Worldwide President of Ethicon, Ashley ran the global wound management business and grew leadership share in sutures and hernia care while advancing key innovations. She is a multifaceted leader, at home in operating rooms around the world, successful in leading consumer-facing brands and a proven architect of creating winning teams, strong innovation pipelines and future-forward business models.
In her most recent role as Company Group Chairman for Johnson & Johnson Vision and a member of the Management Committee, Ashley and her team redefined Johnson & Johnson’s position in Eye Health, one of the largest and most underserved need areas in health care today. Ashley prioritized business transformation through digital technology, delivering world-class patient experiences in both online and offline environments. Under her leadership, the Vision team consistently delivered above-market growth and established a robust cadence of product innovation while developing new business models to meet changing market needs.
Ashley is the executive sponsor of the Open & Out employee resource group which supports the LGBTQ community globally. Under her leadership, this group has advanced Johnson & Johnson’s goal of having its workforce reflect the populations it serves, creating educational materials to improve understanding and create safe, inclusive work environments, and earning accolades from multiple external organizations.
Ashley’s accomplishments have been recognized by numerous business and philanthropic organizations. She was recognized in Fortune magazine’s 2019 list of the “Most Powerful Women” and was named a “Working Mother of the Year” in 2012 by Working Mother magazine. Ashley serves on the Boards of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for AdvaMed, the leading global trade association for advancing medical technology on behalf of patients.