October 18th, 2013

Former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President of Public Relations, Lawrence G. Foster, Dies at 88

The following is a personal email from Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, sent to employees earlier today regarding the passing of Lawrence G. Foster, former Johnson & Johnson Vice President of Public Relations.

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President of Public Relations, Lawrence G. Foster.  Larry, who is perhaps best known for guiding the company’s now famous response to the Tylenol® crises of 1982 and 1986, died yesterday at the age of 88.

Many former colleagues and friends of Larry have reached out to reflect on his significant contributions to Johnson & Johnson during his 33 years at the Company, as well as his many accomplishments and philanthropic efforts that continued after his retirement in 1990.   Ralph Larsen, former Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO (1989-2001), said, “Larry Foster was a man of integrity and extraordinarily good judgment.  He played a vital role during his lifetime career at Johnson & Johnson.”

Earlier today, the Foster family issued the following obituary announcement that pays fitting tribute to Larry’s remarkable career, service in the community, and contributions to the communication profession.  As we reflect on his passing today, we will best honor his important legacy by finding our own ways to manage with purpose and integrity and meet the responsibilities outlined in Our Credo.

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September 18th, 2013

Continuing to Lead by Example – Johnson & Johnson Recognized for Global Cancer Prevention and Support in the Workplace

by Fik Isaac, MD, Vice President Global Health Services and Chief Medical Officer, Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company

Back in 2001, Former President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, asked a gentleman named Robert Ingram (CEO of Glaxo Wellcome at the time) to chair the CEO Roundtable on Cancer in support of an initiative known as the C-Change.  This national forum brought together key leaders from business, government and academia, who shared the common goal to eliminate cancer.  Specifically, Mr. Bush asked Mr. Ingram to form a separate organization of action-oriented chief executive officers that would “do something” about cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment for their own families, as well as their corporate families.  And, well, the rest is history.

Today, the CEO Roundtable on Cancer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that remains committed to fulfilling Former President Bush’s challenge to be “bold and venturesome” in considering the health of employees and the war against cancer.  This rings true in each of the organization’s three key categories: risk reduction, early detection and quality care.  And more than four million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of nearly 150 employers who’ve chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.

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August 12th, 2013

Johnson & Johnson Employee Artists Recognized Through the 19th Annual Employee Art Exhibition

By Heather Cammarata-Seale, Exhibitions Coordinator, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program

Every day, Johnson & Johnson supports its employees through corporate programs and initiatives that care for their health and well-being. On Thursday, August 1, we celebrated the installation of the latest exhibition of the Corporate Art Program, the 19th Annual Employee Art Exhibition, at Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick. Every year this exhibition gives corporate employees and their immediate families an opportunity to showcase their creativity, ingenuity and artistry. The fine art, photography, craft, and literary pieces on display demonstrate the varied interests and abilities of Johnson & Johnson’s talented employees and families.

This art exhibition is one of 13 sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program in 2013 – six in the World Headquarters Gallery and seven in the New Jersey Artists Gallery. The Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program aims to educate, engage, and inspire employees and the local community by promoting philanthropy, wellness, and cultural and social awareness through permanent art installations and rotational exhibitions at our World Headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Corporate Art Program highlights current artistic endeavors and features work of living New Jersey artists as well as artists who deal with themes related to science, healthcare, consumerism, and New Jersey culture.

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July 17th, 2013

Johnson & Johnson Named to the NYSE Century Index

by Dominic Caruso, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Johnson & Johnson

This Wednesday I attended one of the more unique events of my career at Johnson & Johnson: a meeting of the small subset of American companies that are 100 years old or older. At the historic New York Stock Exchange, I joined leaders from a variety of companies spanning the breadth of American business, many of whose products and ideas helped shape the modern world. The sessions at the event allowed us to share stories and best practices from a wide variety of organizations that have continued to innovate and reinvent themselves as technologies, markets and the world have changed. At the close of the day’s events, I joined Con Edison’s CEO Kevin Burke and other CEOs in the Century Club to ring the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange.


Over the course of the past century, social, political and economic conditions, as well as technological advances have caused companies in the Century Club to dramatically transform their businesses, and in some cases even pioneer new industries. At Johnson & Johnson, we have remained laser focused on healthcare, but have also gone through transformative periods that have helped us grow by advancing science, technology, and the care of more than a billion people around the world each day.

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July 12th, 2013

The Question of Charitable Giving

by Devon Eyer, Director, Social Media, Johnson & Johnson

Michael Bzdak, Executive Director of Corporate Contributions, asked the question: “Is it better to give with your heart or with your head?” in a recent piece published by The Council on Foundations. We think you’ll find it to be a fascinating look at the two sides of giving, along with why and how both are important. You can read Michael’s perspective here.

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June 24th, 2013

Why We Sponsor Good Science Writing

by Seema Kumar, Vice President, Enterprise Innovation and Global Health Communication, Johnson & Johnson

It’s simple: We need good science communicators as much as we need good science. Without reliable information—the explanation of fact, the exposure of challenges—science and the solutions it brings us could not exist. Productive inquiry would run dry. Frontiers would ebb.

Our company depends on people who can communicate hard science in lucid language, from the laboratory bench right through to those who engage directly with doctors. We depend on them to get the science right, to check sources, interpret and clarify. Their counsel helps guide our behaviour: promoting sound policies and sparking new discoveries. They bring ideas to life, inspire innovation and collaboration and encourage engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine in a world that demands educated, informed decision makers. We, Johnson & Johnson and the public, could not effectively govern ourselves or make progress for the benefit of the doctors, nurses, patients and customers we serve otherwise.

When Dr. Paul Janssen, our pharmaceutical company’s namesake, was alive and still heading our research and development operations, he would make a daily circuit around the labs asking each researcher his celebrated catch-phrase-cum-call to action, “What’s new?” Connecting ideas (in his head) and people (in his labs), Dr.

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May 22nd, 2013

A Legacy of Caring

By Conrad Person, Director, Corporate Contributions

People often ask me why Johnson & Johnson is so deeply engaged with obstetric fistula. My answer is that the health and well-being of moms and babies is the essence of our company, and we would therefore care for the women who suffer personal tragedy in giving birth. I never fail to speak of Our Credo which charges us to “support good works and charities.” While this is all true, the whole story of our involvement with obstetric fistula is a great deal more personal than that. It started because one man earnestly wanted to do one good thing.

While Johnson & Johnson’s operating companies have supported those with obstetric fistula for two decades, it wasn’t until Axel Velden, a retired Johnson & Johnson executive who once had charge of the company’s export business, contacted me that our commitment at the corporate level began. I had never met Axel, but he was well known and universally respected, so when he called me one busy spring morning, I interrupted my task to listen.

Axel told me that he’d learned of a surplus of incontinence pads that a subsidiary was preparing to destroy. “Conrad, you can’t let the pads be destroyed.

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May 21st, 2013

Congratulations to the Class of 2013

By: Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson

Alex Gorsky Wharton

During this month, thousands of students will accomplish an important academic milestone: the college graduation. I recently had the honor of delivering the keynote address to the 2013 graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Executive MBA program. It was a homecoming for me because 17 years ago I was one of those graduates. In the years since, I’ve learned a few lessons I’d like to share with you as you begin to mold your own life plans.

Change will be the only consistency you encounter:

  • Change has always been ubiquitous. The pace of change has hastened, though. It affects almost every country and every marketplace around the world. Your education has prepared you to not only survive these constantly shifting global environments but also thrive in them. As Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” Be responsive. Keep learning. Your academic education may be complete, for now, but your life education is just beginning.

Continually innovate your career:

  • The word innovation is something you hear all the time today. To me, innovation isn’t just about coming up with the next miracle drug or relevant and different consumer product, it’s about using innovation in everything we do and every relationship we establish.

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May 12th, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our readers! We are celebrating mothers, sisters, aunts, friends and kids everywhere with a post on our JNJParents blog from one of our own Johnson & Johnson moms.

Mother and DaughterSometimes Moms need to hear they are doing okay, and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to tell them. From a simple pat on the back to kind words of support – these reassurances can make all the difference, especially for moms like Crystal Cortacans. Visit JNJParents to read Crystal’s post and learn how you can reassure a special woman in your life this Mother’s Day!

Click here to read Words Are Better Than Flowers.

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May 7th, 2013

Second Chances: How a Blood Test Helped The Voice’s Jamar Rogers Live with Purpose

By Eric Compton, Worldwide President, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.

At Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (OCD), celebrating National Minority Health Month in April was an opportunity to shine a light on the health disparities affecting our country. While we are all at risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and in some instances HIV, these diseases can affect minorities at a much higher rate. As a company and as part of the broader healthcare community, we encourage everyone to take control of your own health and Know Your Numbers; so we can stand together by preventing, diagnosing and managing chronic disease.

We’re proud to say that our cause recently benefited from some star power. Jamar Rogers, known for his incredible performances on NBC’s The Voice, visited OCD to share how a blood test result helped him decide to live with purpose. We were so inspired by his talk that we asked him to submit a blog so that everyone could benefit from his message.

Here is Jamar’s story:


Ever since I was a little boy, I loved singing and dreamed of doing it professionally some day. However, by the time I was a teenager, those dreams were becoming out of reach.

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