Alex Gorsky, the chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, has joined Apple’s board of directors, Apple stated in a press release yesterday. Alex Gorsky will leave Johnson & Johnson at the beginning of the next year. J&J is the world’s largest healthcare company and a leading innovator in the research and development of emerging health technology.
“Gorsky will contribute decades of experience in corporate leadership and health technology, as well as a strong track record of directing innovative and diverse teams around the world,” Apple stated in a press statement.
“Alex has long been a visionary in healthcare, applying his tremendous insight, experience, and passion for technology to the cause of improving lives and building healthier communities,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re excited to welcome him to Apple’s board of directors, and I know that all of us will benefit from his leadership and expertise.”
“As a thoughtful and passionate leader, Alex has helped bring cutting-edge technologies to some of healthcare’s most urgent and complex challenges,” said Arthur Levinson, Apple’s chairman. “His voice and vision will help Apple continue to make a positive impact on people’s lives through the power of technology.”
“I’ve long shared Apple’s belief that technology has the potential to improve lives and create healthier communities,” said Alex Gorsky. “It’s an honor to join Apple’s board of directors, and to be part of a values-led company that’s constantly innovating to both enable and enhance the way we live.”
Gorsky joined Johnson & Johnson in 1988, obtaining extensive experience in sales, management, and marketing before becoming CEO in 2012. Gorsky has prioritized innovation and technology, making ground-breaking investments that have shaped the future of the pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer health industries.
Gorsky, an experienced healthcare and business executive, leads a global workforce of over 130,000 people at Johnson & Johnson. He also serves on the board of directors of the Business Roundtable and serves as the head of its Corporate Governance Committee. Gorsky sits on the boards of IBM, the Travis Manion Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Gorsky, a former captain in the United States Army, has been a vocal advocate for improving mental health services for veterans and their families. He has also been a diversity and inclusion trailblazer, assisting J&J in becoming a globally recognized leader and developing parental paid leave and mentorship programs for employees throughout the organization.
Gorsky earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and served in the United States Army for six years, retiring with the rank of captain. He also got a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1996.
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