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News Release - September 12, 2008
Christine A. Poon Plans Retirement from Johnson & Johnson in Early 2009NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Sept. 12 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Johnson & Johnson said today that Christine A. Poon, 56, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals Group, has announced plans to retire on March 1, 2009, from the Company and the Board, after more than 23 years in the health care industry and eight years with the Company.
William C. Weldon, Chairman and CEO, said, "Chris has been instrumental in helping to build Johnson & Johnson's pipeline of medicines to its place today as one of the world's most highly-regarded. We will certainly miss Chris' counsel, her leadership focus in building our pharmaceuticals business and her constant quest to bring better health and well-being to people around the world. She has exhibited strong leadership and personal involvement in building a skilled and diverse workforce. As a member of our Executive Committee and Vice Chairman, Chris has helped to shape Johnson & Johnson's strategy and vision for the future."
Ms. Poon began her career with Johnson & Johnson in November, 2000, as Company Group Chairman, Pharmaceuticals. In August, 2001, she was promoted to the Executive Committee and named Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Poon was appointed Worldwide Chairman, Medicines & Nutritionals, in October 2003. She was elected to the Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors and named a Vice Chairman of the Board in 2005. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Poon spent 15 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where her most recent position was President of International Medicines. Ms. Poon is on the Board of Directors of Prudential Financial, Inc., in Newark, NJ, and the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Mr. Weldon said a timely announcement of pharmaceutical succession plans will be made to ensure a smooth transition of Ms. Poon's Pharmaceuticals Group responsibilities.
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