NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, September 13, 2012 -- Sandra E. Peterson will join Johnson & Johnson on December 1, 2012, as Group Worldwide Chairman and member of the Company’s Executive Committee. She will have responsibility for the Consumer Group of Companies, Information Technology, and Global Supply Chain.
Currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bayer CropScience AG, based in Europe, Peterson has diverse and relevant global experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer goods, healthcare 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, Chief Executive Officer. "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.
A graduate of Cornell University with a B.A. in Government, Peterson also holds an M.P.A. in Applied Economics from Princeton University. She is a member of the board of directors of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation.
Currently residing in Germany, Peterson will be based at Johnson & Johnson headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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