Alex Gorsky, WG’96

2014 Joseph Wharton Award for Leadership


Alex Gorsky, WG'96
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson 

Alex Gorsky is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson and Chairman of the Executive Committee, the Company’s senior leadership team.  Alex is the seventh person to serve as Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson since it became a publicly traded company in 1944.    

Alex began his Johnson & Johnson career as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1988.  Over the next 15 years, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, and management.  In 2001, Alex was appointed President of Janssen, and in 2003, he was named Company Group Chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceuticals business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  

Alex left Johnson & Johnson in 2004 to join the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, where he served as head of the company’s pharmaceuticals business in North America.

Alex returned to Johnson & Johnson in 2008 as Company Group Chairman for Ethicon, Inc.  In early 2009, he was appointed Worldwide Chairman of the Surgical Care Group and also was appointed to the Johnson & Johnson Executive Committee.  In September 2009, he was appointed Worldwide Chairman of the Medical Devices & Diagnostics segment.
In January of 2011, Alex was named Vice Chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Committee.   As Vice Chairman, Alex was responsible for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices & Diagnostics segment, the largest business of its kind in the world; the Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain, which includes a global network of 140 manufacturing facilities; the Company’s Government Affairs & Policy Group; the Company’s Health Care Compliance and Privacy Group; and the Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, the Company’s venture capital subsidiary.   Alex became Chief Executive Officer on April 26, 2012 and Chairman of the Board on December 28, 2013.

A longtime advocate of diversity and inclusion, Alex was named the 2009 Mentor of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, an organization he has been involved with for many years.   He is the Executive Sponsor of two Johnson & Johnson employee resource groups, the Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Veteran’s Leadership Council.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and spent six years in the U.S. Army, finishing his military career with the rank of Captain.  Alex earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.

He and his wife, Pat, have a son, Nicholas.