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Meet Our Leadership Team

Janssen aims to change the way diseases are treated, and aggressively pursues new pathways, investigating new technologies and treatment modalities in Oncology, Immunology, NeuroscienceInfectious Diseases & Vaccines, Cardiovascular, Metabolism & Retina, and Pulmonary Hypertension. Driven by our commitment to patients, we bring innovative products, services, and solutions to people throughout the world. We recognize the impact of serious conditions on people’s lives, and we aim to empower people through disease awareness, education and access to quality care.

As part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of healthcare products, our promise is to deliver bold breakthroughs and meaningful medical innovation, and to never stop working toward a future where disease is a thing of the past.

Here is the leadership team that guides Janssen.



Jennifer L. Taubert is Executive Vice President and Worldwide Chairman, Innovative Medicine at Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest healthcare company. She is a member of the Corporation’s Executive Committee and leads the Innovative Medicine Group Operating Committee.

Jennifer is a leader in shaping the global strategy of transformational medical innovation for the Innovative Medicine sector, successfully delivering vital new medicines to prevent, treat and cure complex diseases including cancer, immune-related disorders, serious mental illness, cardiovascular disease, retinal disease and pulmonary hypertension. Under her leadership, J&J Innovative Medicine has become the second-largest pharmaceuticals business globally, with more than $50 billion in worldwide revenue. The company was named No. 1 in the Pharmaceuticals category on Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list for 10 consecutive years.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has been committed to improving the lives of people with serious illnesses. Since joining Johnson & Johnson in 2005, her focus has been on reaching increasing numbers of patients around the world with the Company’s transformational therapies. Jennifer led global commercial strategy for the pharmaceuticals business and later, as President, Internal Medicine, built a powerhouse new franchise in cardiovascular and metabolic disease. As Company Group Chairman, The Americas, the business doubled in size, outpacing the industry to become the No. 1 pharmaceutical company in the United States and Canada. Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Jennifer held positions of increasing scope and responsibility at Merck and Allergan.

In recognition of her impact on behalf of patients, Jennifer has been named to Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” list for the past eight years. She was also named among the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2020 and received the National Association for Female Executives’ 2017 “Woman of Achievement” award. Jennifer is also recognized as a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion, which she sees as critical to insight, innovation and business success.

Jennifer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, and she is Chair of the State Committee. She also serves on the National Academy of Medicine’s Leadership Consortium and on the Advisory Board of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California. In addition, Jennifer is a member of the Board of Directors of McDonald’s Corporation.

Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles.

Jennifer L. Taubert

Executive Vice President
Worldwide Chairman, Innovative Medicine
Johnson & Johnson



As Executive Vice President, Pharmaceuticals, R&D and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Executive Committee member, John’s mission is to focus the best research and development teams in the world at the intersection of unmet medical need and innovation to change the trajectory of human health. A biomedical research leader with a distinguished career across nonprofit, academia, and industry, John encourages a culture that is fast-paced and open to reimagining how life-saving medicines and vaccines are discovered, developed and delivered.  Employing multiple drug modalities, John’s team works across a wide range of therapeutic areas, including: Oncology, Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Retinal Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension, Immunology, Neuroscience, and Infectious Disease and Vaccines.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson in April 2023, John held executive leadership positions at Sanofi and Roche, serving on their respective executive committees. He served as CEO of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (now Sanford Burnham Prebys) where he established multiple therapeutic area-aligned research centers and platform technology centers. John has authored more than 900 research publications and holds more than 130 patents. He was recognized among the top 10 most cited researchers in life sciences and medicine and still ranks among the world’s top 100 most highly cited scientists. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the recipient of many honors and awards.

An accomplished scientist and leader, John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and an M.D. and Ph.D. (Immunology) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

John C. Reed, M.D., Ph.D.

Executive Vice President
Pharmaceuticals, R&D
Johnson & Johnson



Dapo Ajayi is Vice President, Janssen Supply Chain at Johnson & Johnson (J&J). In this role, Dapo is responsible for the global, end-to-end manufacturing and supply management of J&J pharmaceutical brands. She is a member of the Pharmaceutical Group Operating Committee (GOC) and the Supply Chain Management Committee (SCMC).

Previously, Dapo served as Vice President, Technical Operations & Supply Chain Strategy at J&J where she was accountable for accelerating the delivery of our supply chain strategy and maximizing the collective impact of the Company’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), Engineering & Property Services (E&PS), Supply Chain Acceleration, and Strategy, Innovation & Deployment (SI&D) teams to improve its operational capabilities, strategically leverage its network and reinvest in areas for growth and innovation.

Prior to that, Dapo served as Vice President, Manufacturing & Technical Operations, Janssen Supply Chain, where she led the internal and external global manufacturing network and was responsible for the technical operations that, through cross-functional partnership, supported the organization’s continuous and transformational technology improvement, as well as delivery of the Janssen pipeline.

Dapo has spent her entire career in the pharmaceutical sector and has a broad business and technical background. She is a pharmacist and a graduate of the School of Pharmacy at The University of Wales, United Kingdom (UK). She has held a variety of senior technical and supply chain leadership roles, including Chief Procurement Officer for the global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. While there, she also led manufacturing sites in the UK and Puerto Rico and the Global External Sourcing group (responsible for all third-party suppliers in the supply chain). In addition, she spent time in the commercial business, where she headed a strategic marketing function for established brands and formed a new business unit.

Dapo was included on the 2019 PharmaVOICE 100 list of influential and inspirational leaders from the life sciences industry, in recognition of her contributions as a change agent who is helping to shape the future of the healthcare ecosystem.

Dapo Ajayi

Vice President
Janssen Supply Chain

Paul Anthony

Human Resources Head
Global Pharmaceuticals and External Innovation

Paul Anthony is Human Resources (HR) Head of Global Pharmaceuticals & External Innovation at Johnson & Johnson. Paul serves as a member of Johnson & Johnson’s Human Resource Executive Leadership Team, the Pharmaceutical Group Operating Committee and the R&D Management Committee. Paul leads HR strategy and operational excellence for the Pharmaceutical sector and Johnson & Johnson Innovation, including the Innovation Centers, JLABS, JJDC, the cross-sector Lung Cancer Initiative and Global Public Health.

Prior to this role, Paul was Head of Global Total Rewards and Human Capital Strategy at Johnson & Johnson, where he had responsibility for executive compensation, which encompassed working with the Board of Directors, Pension and Benefits Committee and Management Compensation Committees. Paul also had responsibility for compensation, benefits, acquisition and divestures, workforce analytics, health and wellness, HR strategy and transformation, HR talent and employee relations. 

Paul joined Johnson and Johnson in 2013 as the lead business partner for the Supply Chain organization supporting more than 55,000 employees globally. He played an integral role in advancing the Supply Chain operating model and partnered with organization’s leadership to champion innovation, talent and culture agendas. Paul also held responsibilities for successfully leading and executing the organizational transformation of Johnson & Johnson’s HR function in North America.  

Paul brings 25 years of diversified experience. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Paul worked at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), where he was Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Commercial & Supply Chain and Chief Talent Officer. Prior to joining BMS, Paul worked at PepsiCo, Inc., as an HR Business Partner supporting Commercial, Supply Chain and Corporate functions. He started his career in Total Rewards and has held roles in Talent Acquisition and Labor Relations. 

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and an Master’s in Business Administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. 

Paul Anthony

Human Resources Head
Global Pharmaceuticals
and External Innovation



Sarah Brennan is Company Group Chairman, Global Commercial Strategy Organization, for Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine.

In this role, Sarah will be responsible for the global commercial strategy for the Innovative Medicine sector, maximizing the value of our global portfolio and pipeline in close collaboration with R&D, Business Development, the Commercial Regions, and our functional partners. The GCSO teams that will report to Sarah include Global Commercial Therapeutic Areas (Oncology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Medicine & Pulmonary Hypertension, Retina, and Infectious Diseases & Vaccines); Global Value & Access; Global Commercial Data Science; Global Medical Affairs; and Portfolio Innovation & Commercialization Strategy.

Sarah brings significant breadth and depth of experience across the Innovative Medicine and MedTech sectors, making her well positioned to lead GCSO at this important time. She has led high-performing teams in global and U.S. operating roles in Commercial, R&D, Business Development and Business Transformation. During her most recent role as Head of North America Commercial Strategy & Operations, Sarah demonstrated her ability to further enrich our pipeline and increase the competitiveness of our breakthrough medicines, from launch through LOE, resulting in significant transformation and growth in the region. She also led New Products & Business Development, serving as a strong strategic leader in the assessment of internal and external pipeline opportunities across our therapeutic areas.

Prior to her current role, Sarah was Vice President, Global Business Development for the Cardiovascular, Metabolism & Retina Therapeutic Area, where she was responsible for scientific licensing, acquisitions, transactions, and alliance management, and was instrumental in establishing our Retina portfolio and helping us expand our gene therapy capabilities. Additionally, Sarah made significant contributions to the Infectious Diseases & Vaccines Therapeutic Area during the pandemic, driving global education efforts to build trust in vaccines and, in Neuroscience, led the launch strategy for bapineuzumab for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, successfully developing and maintaining a strong alliance partnership with Pfizer.

Sarah began her J&J career in the MedTech sector at Cordis Corporation, where she held positions in clinical research, sales and U.S. and global strategic marketing. She was Worldwide Vice President for Ethicon Biosurgery, where she successfully expanded the portfolio, globalized the business and repositioned biosurgery to become one of our fastest-growing medical device platforms. Over the course of her career, Sarah has mentored countless people and routinely dedicates time to develop talent, including as an active leader in the Women’s Leadership & Inclusion employee resource group.

Sarah received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Sarah Brennan

Company Group Chairman
Global Commercial Strategy Organization



Tom Cavanaugh is Company Group Chairman, North America, Tom is a member of the Innovative Medicine Pharmaceuticals Group Operating Committee and responsible for leading our efforts to transform the health of people in the U.S. and Canada who face a range of common and rare, complex diseases across our areas of focus. 

Prior to his new appointment, Tom was Company Group Chairman, Global Commercial Strategy Organization, and led the development of our commercial strategy for pipeline and in-market assets in close collaboration with R&D, Business Development, and Commercial leaders around the world. This included a robust evaluation of our portfolio and external innovation opportunities, enabling us to invest deeply where we are poised to have the greatest impact.

Tom has a 27-year career in the industry. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 2017 as President of U.S. Oncology and led the organization to become the industry’s fastest-growing multibillion-dollar oncology business. Later as President of U.S. Immunology, Tom led his team to deliver all-time high business results through the COVID pandemic.  

Prior to joining J&J, Tom helped build Celgene into a global biopharmaceutical company through leadership positions in marketing, general management, medical affairs, and product development. Early in his career, Tom held roles in sales, product management and as a chemist and pharmacy tech after receiving a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from North Carolina State University.

Tom Cavanaugh

Company Group Chairman
North America



Federico Feldstein is the Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of Innovative Medicine at Johnson & Johnson.  In his current role, Federico leads the Innovative Medicine Quality Leadership Team in setting the quality strategy and the quality processes and systems to strengthen our quality and compliance profile and leadership position in the pharmaceutical industry.  He is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Quality & Compliance Leadership Team as well as the Innovative Medicine Group Operating Committee (GOC).

Previously, Federico served as Vice President, Supply Chain Quality, responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight for all areas of Quality & Compliance for the J&J Innovative Medicine supply chain, including both the Small and Large Molecule platforms as well as Advanced Therapies, such as CAR-T and gene therapy.  He had oversight of Johnson & Johnson’s internal sites, as well as the network of external manufacturers and suppliers. In this role, Federico strengthened the compliance foundation both internally and externally, developed and delivered quality strategies to ensure flawless execution of product commercialization, and drove key initiatives to digitalize our product release labs.

Federico joined Johnson & Johnson in 2015 as Vice President, Head of R&D Quality, leading the quality strategy and oversight of R&D across the full Johnson & Johnson enterprise.  Throughout his tenure, he has worked closely across the business to enable an integrated partnership with R&D, supply chain and commercial stakeholders.  Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Federico spent 20 years at Pfizer where he served as Vice President, Medical Regulatory Compliance, and in several executive positions, leading the R&D Pharmaceutical and Consumer quality functions.

Federico is actively engaged with the development and implementation of strategies aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion, which he sees as instrumental for the organization’s continued success. Over the course of his career, Federico has mentored countless colleagues across the organization and is an active leader in the WiSTEM2D council, which promotes women in leadership positions.

Federico holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Juris Doctor.

Federico Felstein

Vice President
Chief Quality Officer



David M. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., is Global Immunology Therapeutic Area Head for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson where he leads a team focused on end-to-end pipeline and a portfolio of treatments for immune-mediated disease. Under his leadership, Immunology researchers are working to build on the success of our current portfolio, which includes STELARA® (ustekinumab) and TREMFYA® (guselkumab).

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson in September 2018, David was based in Basel, Switzerland, where he served as Global Head, Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease Discovery and Translation Area for Roche, and prior to that, as Global Head of Autoimmunity, Dermatology, and Transplant Translational Medicine at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. In each of these roles, he led on the strategic approaches that fed the companies’ pipelines, prioritized assets, and accelerated their development. His ability to develop external collaborations and lead and develop his teams, was central to his success in each organization.

Before transitioning to the pharmaceutical industry, David was a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. While there, his research laboratory focused on disease mechanisms in rheumatology and he was also a practicing rheumatologist. As a precursor to his career in industry, while at Harvard, he also participated in co-founding multiple start-ups. Ultimately, one – a biotech – was acquired by a major pharmaceutical company.

He is an active author and speaker, and has completed more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and more than 100 lectures/seminars.

David earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where he discovered his fascination with the intricacies of the immune system. He subsequently earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in Microbiology/Immunology from the Duke University School of Medicine. His passion for developing new medicines is rooted in his experiences treating patients as a practicing rheumatologist.

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David M. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Global Therapeutic Area Head



Joyce Lee is the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Pharmaceuticals. Joyce also serves on the Pharmaceuticals Group Operating Committee (GOC).

Previously, Joyce served as Vice President and CIO of VF Corporation, Asia Pacific. During her tenure, Joyce was a key member of two Senior VF Asia Executive Leadership teams, where she oversaw Information Technology (IT) strategy for VF Commercial brands and Global Product Supply. Joyce played a strategic role in leading and developing retail excellence and digital eCommerce technology innovation through collaborations with China digital titans including Alibaba and Tencent. She also successfully led the regional technology separation of a complex business spin-off initiative.

Prior to her role with VF corporation, Joyce was the Vice President and CIO of the Americas region for Janssen Pharmaceuticals. In this role, Joyce was a strategic member of the Janssen Americas Leadership Team and focused on IT strategy and developing and leading teams. Joyce worked in close collaboration with key pharmaceutical business stakeholders to drive transformation and value creation using innovative technology capabilities such as next generation digital patient access and support solutions. She modernized Medical Affairs and Medical Information capabilities, and enhanced customer engagement, data insight-driven and predictive solutions using advanced analytics to improve patient adherence and outcomes.

In addition to being a strategic technology leader, Joyce has proven business management capabilities and direct Profit & Loss experience. In an earlier role as Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Malaysia and Singapore, she led a diverse range of Johnson & Johnson Consumer personal care, healthcare and over-the-counter brands. Some of her key achievements included three years of consecutive double-digit top- and bottom-line growth and successful implementation of a new go-to-market sales business model.

Joyce Lee

Chief Information Officer



Bill Martin is the Global Neuroscience Therapeutic Area Head at Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine and a member of the company’s Group Operating Committee. He leads a dedicated team focused on the discovery and development of a precision neuroscience pipeline of transformative treatments for individuals grappling with serious neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Building on Johnson & Johnson’s 60-year legacy in neuroscience, Bill’s team is driving a differentiated portfolio of new and innovative therapies, each targeting a subpopulation of patients.

Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Bill co-founded and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Blackthorn Therapeutics, acquired by Neumora Therapeutics in 2020. Blackthorn, under his leadership, blended computational and clinical neuroscience, employing a precision medicine approach to develop innovative therapeutics for central nervous system (CNS) disorders. He also held positions as Chief Scientific Officer and Head of R&D at Blackthorn.

Before Blackthorn, Bill held multiple leadership positions at Theravance Biopharma, including leading the company’s research portfolio planning initiative and serving as a member of the strategic partnership team and project team leader for an advanced clinical stage CNS program. He began his career at Merck, where he contributed to the strategic direction of the company’s Neuroscience franchise.

Bill actively engages in the academic and scientific community. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Brown University’s Carney Institute for Brain Sciences and the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders within the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. He was a founding Board member of The Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare. Additionally, he has held leadership positions in prominent organizations such as the Society for Neuroscience. Bill is a prolific author, with more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Swarthmore College and completed his doctorate in Experimental Psychology at Brown University. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco.

William (Bill) J. Martin, Ph.D.

Global Neuroscience Therapeutic Area Head



Deidre Meehan is Worldwide Vice President, General Counsel, Pharmaceuticals. Deidre serves on the Law Department Legal Leadership Team and manages the Pharmaceuticals Legal Group globally.  Deidre is also a member of the Pharmaceuticals Group Operating Committee.  In her role, Deidre continues to build on her years of experience as a trusted strategic partner and legal leader on Enterprise-wide regulatory matters and continues her strong focus on shaping the external environment to accelerate innovation for patients.

Prior to her current role, Deidre held the position of Worldwide Vice President, Regulatory Law, Johnson & Johnson.  Deidre led our Global Regulatory Law Group, providing counsel to and collaborating with our business and functional partners in bringing our innovative products from development through commercialization, and ultimately, to patients and consumers. Deidre worked particularly close with our Regulatory, Quality, Medical Safety, Medical Affairs and Compliance organizations in the businesses, R&D and Supply Chain, and focused on other specialty areas such as healthcare compliance and privacy law on a cross-Sector basis. Deidre also led the Regulatory Policy Council, a platform for the heads of the Regulatory Affairs groups, Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy and other key policy stakeholders.

Prior to her Worldwide Vice President, Regulatory Law role, Deidre held positions as the lead regulatory lawyer for the Pharmaceutical Sector and the Health Care Compliance practice group and as a regulatory lawyer supporting the Medical Device sector. Deidre joined the Johnson & Johnson Law Department in 2007.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Deidre served as in-house counsel at Schering-Plough and at Daiichi Sankyo. Deidre started her legal career in the Health Care Practice Groups of McCarter & English and Proskauer Rose. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Notre Dame Law School.

Deidre Meehan

Worldwide Vice President
General Counsel



Nauman Shah is Global Head, Janssen Business Development. In this role, Nauman leads the Janssen Business Development organization in the identification, evaluation, execution, integration and management of global licensing, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), divestitures and out-licensing deals for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Previously, Nauman was Chief Strategic Customer Officer, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, with responsibility for driving access and partnering strategies. Under his leadership, the Strategic Customer team developed and launched strategic value-based care programs that enhance operational efficiency for healthcare systems and implemented innovative contracting strategies and capabilities that leverage data science and analytics in decision-making. Nauman has championed initiatives to evolve our business models and to address healthcare disparities, in partnership with stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem. He is also the leader for the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices business in Canada with oversight for the entire portfolio and leads the North America Commercial Council.

In the past, Nauman served as Vice President, Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO) where he was Chief-of-Staff for Alex Gorsky. He worked closely with the Executive and Management Committees to drive the Company’s strategic planning process, to advance and execute enterprise growth initiatives and to lead key strategic projects. Before his Enterprise role, Nauman held roles of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, and portfolio management within the Pharmaceuticals sector for more than 20 years. During his tenure, he helped evaluate several licensing opportunities in collaboration with Business Development and worked closely with partner companies as well as our R&D organization on the development programs and launch plans for major products, including XARELTO® and INVOKANA®.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Nauman worked at Pfizer/Pharmacia, where he played a significant role in the successful launches of three major products in the areas of urology, arthritis, and pain.

Nauman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Temple University. He also graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania after completing the General Management Program.

Nauman Shah

Global Head
Janssen Business Development



Darren Snellgrove is Vice President, Group Finance, Worldwide Pharmaceuticals. In this position, Darren will provide strategic and financial leadership to the Global Pharmaceuticals Group and partner with the Group Operating Company to further drive above-market growth with transformational medical innovation that yields successful business outcomes for the sector and enterprise.

Most recently, Darren was Vice President, Finance for Janssen Research & Development. Working closely with Pete Batesko, Darren led multiple strategic workstreams, improving financial performance, enhancing efficiency and effectiveness while significantly increasing the value of the portfolio. He was also a key leader for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine project.

Prior to his current role, Darren was Vice President, Finance and Operations for Johnson & Johnson Innovation. This role included the Innovation Centers located in San Francisco, Boston, London and Shanghai, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC (J&J’s venture investment arm), J&J’s external incubators Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS, and Janssen Business Development (JBD) which is responsible for Pharmaceutical L&A. Darren helped to develop and build the business strategy for J&J Innovation, where he and his team built an impressive external portfolio using value creating deal structures in areas such as gene therapy, the microbiome, 3D Printing, surgical robotics, immuno-oncology, light therapy, wearables, and in Johnson & Johnson’s core therapeutic/business focus areas.

Darren joined Johnson & Johnson through the acquisition of Centocor in 1999, where he spent a number of years in roles of increasing responsibility supporting a variety of functions, including Commercial, R&D, and Business Development. Beginning in 2002, Darren spent three years in J&J’s Mergers and Acquisitions Finance group, providing financial leadership on over 100 potential acquisitions, major licensing deals, equity investments, options, structures, and divestitures across all sectors. Darren’s continued success led to his appointment in a series of leadership roles, where he quickly developed new capabilities and led to numerous growth opportunities in both Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices. Prior to joining the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Organization, Darren was VP of Finance and Procurement, Chief Financial Officer at Janssen AI.

Darren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy from Southampton University in England and an MBA from Villanova University.

Darren Snellgrove

Vice President
Group Finance
Worldwide Pharmaceuticals



Since starting his career at Janssen in Belgium almost 30 years ago, Kris Sterkens has been part of many teams across EMEA, Asia Pacific, and the United States.

Moving on from his latest role as the Company Group Chairman of Janssen Asia Pacific, Kris was appointed Company Group Chairman of Europe, Middle East and Africa in June 2017. He was excited to return to his home country, Belgium, after spending over three years in Singapore since February 2014 for the Asia Pacific business.

Under Kris’ stewardship, Janssen Asia Pacific achieved notable milestones, including a return to growth in China and a successful business transformation in Japan. Kris also led teams in Korea, Australia, and New Zealand and successfully competed against new biosimilar entrant, in addition to achieving industry-leading growth in India. Throughout his career, Kris has demonstrated exceptional leadership and an ability to identify and develop talent. For instance, in Asia Pacific, he introduced Company Group Chairman’s Dialogue, a talent development programme which has engaged more than 100 emerging leaders.

Prior to that, Kris was leading the EMEA Strategy Organisation, alongside his role as Managing Director of the region’s Mid-Sized Markets. He was also the Managing Director for Janssen the Netherlands, the Benelux countries, and then Germany from 2007–2012.

Before his transition into General Management, Kris was Vice President, Finance and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for Janssen EMEA.

Kris holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp, a Master's degree in Financial Management from the Flemish Institute of Management, and an MBA from the Solvay Business School in Brussels. Kris is fluent in Dutch, English, German, and French and has been a frequent speaker at business schools, medical and patient group events, and industry meetings.

Kris Sterkens

Company Group Chairman
Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Global Head
Discovery and Manufacturing Sciences

Richard Tillyer, Ph.D, is Global Head, Discovery and Manufacturing Sciences, Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine. In this role, he leads an integrated discovery and manufacturing sciences organization that comprises all modalities including small molecules, traditional and non-traditional single molecule biologics, and larger, more complex multicomponent biologics including RNA, viruses and cells.

Rich joined Janssen in February 2018 from Merck & Co (MSD outside the United States), where he acquired extensive experience in all stages of drug discovery and product development across numerous therapeutic areas and modalities. During his 25-year tenure, he led large and varying aspects of Merck Research Labs, including Process Chemistry, Toxicology, Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, Formulation, Biologics and Vaccines Process Development, High Throughput Screening, Discovery Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and various platform groups. Under his leadership, Rich’s teams contributed to the discovery and development of most major products introduced by Merck over the last two decades and significantly advanced the company’s current pipeline. He led or actively contributed to major strategic initiatives including large and small-scale mergers and R&D integrations (most notably, the integration of Schering-Plough announced in 2009).

Rich obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a post-doctoral research fellowship in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has published more than 70 scientific articles and publications and he holds several patents.

Richard Tillyer, Ph.D.

Global Head
Discovery and Manufacturing Sciences



Cyril Titeux is Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine Asia Pacific, and a member of the Innovative Medicine Group Operating Committee (GOC). 

Cyril joined Johnson & Johnson in 1997, gaining sales, marketing, and leadership experience across therapeutic areas with Janssen France. He relocated to the United States with his wife and four children in 2005, to serve as Global Marketing Leader for Virology.

After returning to the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region, Cyril served as Managing Director of Janssen Austria, becoming President of Janssen France in 2015. Cyril later became Vice President, EMEA Strategy Organization where he led the regional commercial, medical affairs and market access functions. Most recently, Cyril held the role of Vice President and Managing Director of Mid-Sized Markets, where he led teams across 31 markets to deliver significant growth, doubling the size of the business over five years. During this time, Cyril also served as Vice-Chair of the EFPIA European Markets Committee.

After graduating as a Veterinary Doctor from the National Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort in France, Cyril earned his MBA from the HEC Business School in Paris. He started his pharmaceutical career with Eli Lilly, where he held various positions in sales, market research and marketing.

As a cycling enthusiast, Cyril initiated 'Cycling for Children,' gathering 3,500 colleagues across J&J EMEA to support children in need this year.

Cyril is an authentic, Credo-based leader known for his commitment to delivering strong results through high performing, collaborative teams. He is skilled at attracting and developing talent and building an inclusive and engaged culture.

Cyril Titeux

Company Group Chairman
Asia Pacific
Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine



Sandra (Sandy) Waite is Global Leader, Pharmaceuticals Communications & Public Affairs. In this role, Sandy leads our global communication and public affairs strategy across our worldwide Janssen organization.

Sandy brings more than two decades of experience to this role and a broad knowledge of communications practices in the healthcare industry across health plans, pharmaceuticals, and vision care.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Sandy was the Chief Communications Officer at Guardian, where she was responsible for the development and execution of communications strategy for the company. In addition, she led a team of cross-functional communicators who drove all aspects of internal and external communications, including issues and crisis management, reputation and thought leadership, local and national media relations, corporate social responsibility, and meetings and events.

Previously, Sandy served as Vice President of CEO & Enterprise Communications at CVS Health where she led the team through the COVID-19 crisis.  Sandy joined CVS Health through the CVS merger with Aetna where she was Vice President of Communications, and strategic advisor to the President of Aetna.

Sandy held advancing leadership roles with growing responsibility at Novartis which culminated in her overseeing communications for the Drug Development organization, where she provided direct counsel to Novartis’ Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and the current CEO.  At Novartis Sandy gained international experience while living in Switzerland including as Global Head of Franchise Communications, Retina and Respiratory, which included experience in AMD, DME, RVO and CNV, alongside COPD and severe asthma.

Sandy developed strong experience in Vision as Head of Communications, America’s for Alcon (a NVS company), where she was responsible for developing and implementing communications programs aimed at delivering key objectives for Alcon's surgical, pharmaceutical and consumer/vision care businesses in the US, Canada, and Latin America. In this role, Sandy was a member of the North America Commercial and Global Communications leadership teams responsible for the strategic, operational, and financial priorities of the North America business and Communications function.  Sandy also spent time at CIBA Vision where she had roles of increasing responsibility in the communications and public relations function.

Sandy started her communications career on the agency side spending time at both Matlock Advertising & PR and Porter Novelli.

Sandy holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Spelman College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Sandy serves as a Trustee on the Board of The Jackson Laboratory, an independent, non-profit biomedical research institution leader in mammalian genetics and human genomics research.

Sandra Elaine Waite

Global Leader, Pharmaceuticals
Communications & Public Affairs