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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced that Alex Gorsky, currently Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices & Diagnostics (MD&D) and Sheri McCoy, currently Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, have been appointed Vice Chairmen of the Executive Committee and join William C. Weldon, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, in an expanded Office of the Chairman.  Both appointments are effective January 3, 2011.  

"Alex and Sheri are proven leaders in driving high performance and developing talent across multiple business segments.  These appointments will ensure we are well-positioned for sustainable growth into the future," said William C. Weldon, Johnson & Johnson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "The changes are an appropriate step in furthering our long-term succession plans, and assuring talented, experienced leaders at all levels of the organization."

Mr. Gorsky, 50, will assume expanded responsibilities that include the Medical Device & Diagnostics Group, Global Supply Chain, Government Affairs & Policy and the Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation.  

In 2009, Mr. Gorsky was appointed Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices & Diagnostics Group.  In 2008, he joined Ethicon as Company Group Chairman and Worldwide Franchise Chairman and in 2009 became a member of the Executive Committee after being named Worldwide Chairman of MD&D. Until 2004, he was Company Group Chairman for Johnson & Johnson's pharmaceutical businesses in EMEA. Earlier, he served as President of Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. in the United States after spending 15 years in various sales, marketing and management roles. In 2004, Mr. Gorsky joined the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and was head of the North American pharmaceuticals business.

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