CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today announced that Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors. Gorsky will bring decades of experience in corporate leadership and healthcare technology, as well as a long history of leading innovative and diverse teams across the globe.
During Gorsky’s tenure as CEO and Chairman, Johnson & Johnson grew to become the world’s largest healthcare company and a leading innovator in research and development for emerging healthcare technologies.
“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 , CEO of Apple. “We are delighted to welcome him to Apple’s board of directors, and I know we will all benefit from his leadership and expertise.
“As a thoughtful and passionate leader, Alex has helped bring cutting-edge technology to some of healthcare’s most pressing and complex challenges,” said Arthur Levinson, president of Apple. “His voice and vision will help Apple continue to positively impact people’s lives through the power of technology.”
“I have long shared Apple’s belief that technology has the potential to improve lives and create healthier communities,” said Alex Gorsky. “It is an honor to join the Apple Board of Directors and be part of a values-driven company that constantly innovates to enable and improve the way we live.”
Gorsky began his tenure at Johnson & Johnson in 1988, accumulating extensive experience in sales, management and marketing before becoming CEO in 2012. Gorsky has made innovation and technology key priorities, with investments revolutionaries who have helped shape the future of the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer healthcare industries.
A seasoned healthcare and business leader, Gorsky leads a global team of over 130,000 people at Johnson & Johnson. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Business Roundtable and Chairman of its Corporate Governance Committee. Gorsky sits on the boards of IBM, the Travis Manion Foundation, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
As a former captain in the United States Army, Gorsky has been a strong advocate for improving mental health services for veterans and their families. He was also a pioneer in diversity and inclusion, helping Johnson & Johnson become a nationally recognized leader and expanding paid parental leave and mentoring programs for company employees.
Gorsky holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and spent six years in the United States Army, ending his military career with the rank of captain. Gorsky also received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.