May 6-7, 2015 Symposium Up-Close Conservations Participants Bios

Sandra Peterson

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Sandi Peterson is Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest healthcare company. A member of the Executive Committee, Sandi is responsible for the portfolio of Johnson & Johnson consumer-facing businesses, including the Family of Consumer Companies, Diabetes Solutions, Health & Wellness Solutions and Vision Care. In addition to setting the strategy and vision for these businesses, Sandi is also responsible for important enterprise capabilities, including the Johnson & Johnson Global Supply Chain, Global Information Technology, Global Strategic Design Office and Real Estate Management.

Sandi is known for an innovative and courageous leadership style which has propelled new growth and significant improvements. She has a relentless focus on developing existing talent and attracting new talent to the organization. Sandi’s executive sponsorship of the Women’s Leadership Initiative across Johnson & Johnson has contributed to continued increases among the ranks of women promoted to senior leadership positions.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Sandi had a diverse and successful global career in healthcare, agriculture, consumer goods and consulting. Most recently, she was chairman and chief executive officer of Bayer CropScience AG in Germany. She had previously served as president and chief executive officer of Bayer Medical Care and president of Bayer HealthCare AG’s Diabetes Care Division. Before joining Bayer in 2005, Sandi held a number of leadership roles at Medco Health Solutions (previously known as Merck-Medco). Among her responsibilities was the application of information technology to healthcare systems. Sandi led research and development, quality and regulatory affairs, and procurement at Nabisco, Inc., and worked in strategy, finance and product development at Whirlpool Corporation. She began her career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Sandi holds a B.A. in government from Cornell University and an M.P.A. in applied economics from Princeton University. She is a member of the board of directors of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Chairman of the Innovation and Technology Committee.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

kanter-150Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, and is also the Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, a collaboration across Harvard’s professional schools to help successful leaders at the top of their professions apply their skills to challenging national and global problems in their next stages of life.

Her strategic and practical insights guide leaders of large and small organizations worldwide, through her teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations and governments. The former chief Editor of Harvard Business Review, Professor Kanter has been repeatedly named to lists of the “50 most powerful women in the world” (Times of London), and the “50 most influential business thinkers in the world” (Thinkers 50).

As an expert on strategy, innovation, and leadership for change, Professor Kanter explores these topics in her various award-winning and best-selling works. Her latest book, MOVE: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead (W.W. Norton, 2015), is a sweeping look across industries and technologies shaping the future of mobility and the leadership required for transformation. Her previous book, Confidence: How Winning Streaks & Losing Streaks Begin & End (Crown Business, 2004), compares the culture and dynamics of high-performance organizations with those in decline, and shows how to lead turnarounds, whether in businesses, hospitals, schools, sports teams, community organizations, or countries. Past prizewinning books include Men & Women of the Corporation (Basic Books, 1993), When Giants Learn to Dance (Simon & Schuster, 1989), and World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy (Free Press, 1997).

Before joining the Harvard Business School faculty, Professor Kanter held tenured professorships at Yale University and Brandeis University and was a Fellow at Harvard Law School, simultaneously holding a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan.

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