Robert W. Gorsky is Apple’s new COO and has become integral to the company’s senior leadership team. His background includes over two decades in top positions with Johnson & Johnson, Chemtura and Covidien, giving him a wealth of experience to draw upon in his new role at Apple. In particular, Mr. Gorsky’s experience in managing corporate growth, strategy development and global operations at J&J will be invaluable to Apple. As a result, he can boost their innovation in product planning and implementation of global initiatives.
In addition to his business expertise, Mr. Gorsky has deep experience working within highly regulated markets worldwide. As a result, he understands the complexities of navigating different political climates and issues related to data privacy regulations across various countries and cultures worldwide. These skills are also important assets for Apple as they strive to maintain a secure operating environment for their customers while introducing innovative technologies into existing regulations on a global scale.
Outgoing J&J CEO Alex Gorsky joins Apple’s board
Alex Gorsky, the outgoing CEO of Johnson & Johnson, is set to join Apple’s board of directors. Gorsky’s more than eight years of expertise leading J&J, a global innovator in healthcare products, should be a valuable asset to Apple as the tech giant works to innovate in the health and wellness space.
Let’s explore Gorsky’s background to understand why he fits Apple’s board well.
Education and Career History
Alex Gorsky is an American business executive, currently serving as the Executive Chairman of Johnson & Johnson. He was previously the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and has a long-term history within its ranks.
Gorsky attended West Point Academy in New York, graduating in 1980 with a degree in International Security Affairs. He joined J&J as a sales representative for their Ethicon unit in 1988—a company that produces medical devices for surgical procedures—and worked his way up the corporate ranks to become Company Group Chairman for Medical Devices & Diagnostics (MD&D). Gorsky was eventually named Vice Chairman of J&J’s executive committee in 2012, before assuming full control of J&J’s global consumer segments from 2013 to 2015. Before this, he also served as Senior Vice President for Pharmaceuticals from 2011-2013 and MD&D Worldwide Chair from 2009-2011.
Gorsky has since been praised for his sharp business understanding and ability to shepherd the consumer segments under his tenure at the helm of J&J’s consumer portfolio. His expertise will undoubtedly be valuable to Apple as they continue their foray into medical device engineering and clinical trials consulting services.
Achievements at J&J
Alex Gorsky is the CEO of both Johnson & Johnson and Apple Inc., and he brings extensive experience as a leader to both institutions. A former Army Ranger, Gorsky joined J&J in 1988. Throughout his 33 years at the company, he served—in order—as a sales representative, marketing director of U.S Hospital Products and Executive Director of Consumer Healthcare USA. Gorsky’s business acumen resulted in success across multiple divisions at J&J, ultimately leading to his ascension to CEO in 2012.
Throughout his tenure at J&J, Gorsky achieved numerous accolades including being named to Fortune’s Most Powerful People list (2012–19), Modern Healthcare’s Most Influential People in Healthcare (2010–20) and Barron’s World’s Best CEOs (2019). He also received awards including The International Council of Shopping Centers’ Goldstrom Award (2011) and Marquette University’s Opus College Business Professional of the Year Award (2018).
With such an impressive track record at J&J under his belt, it comes as no surprise that Apple chose him to lead their institution into 2021 and beyond.
Apple’s Board of Directors
With the addition of Alex Gorsky, the former J&J CEO, to Apple’s board of directors, Apple is looking to capitalise on his impressive track record. Gorsky brings experience and knowledge from his 13 years of leading one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, which will be invaluable to Apple.
This addition to the board serves to further solidify Apple as a leader in the tech industry.
Overview of Apple’s Board
Apple Inc.’s Board of Directors comprises eight members and two executive officers, CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri. The board is led by Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman of the Board, and includes Al Gore, Robert A. Iger, Andrea Jung, Ronald D. Sugar, William V. Campbell and others listed below:
-Arthur D. Levinson (Chairman)
-Tim Cook (CEO)
-Luca Maestri (CFO)
-Robert A. Iger
-Ronald D. Sugar
-William V. Campbell
-James A. Bell
-Thomas Jr., Edward H., Gorsky (most recently announced addition to the board)
Gorsky’s Role on the Board
Apple recently appointed James A. (Jamie) Gorsky to their Board of Directors, effective June 16, 2020. Gorsky is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his past roles at leading healthcare companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Hoffmann-La Roche, and Genentech.
Gorsky’s appointment is exciting for Apple as the company seeks to further strengthen its board before its upcoming 5G product launch. With his valuable insights, particularly around healthcare strategy, agenda setting and risk management, Gorsky will bring significant value to Apple’s Board of Directors and help shape the company’s overall direction as it strives for innovation in consumer technology products.
Gorsky is currently a member on multiple boards including Johnson & Johnson’s Advisory Board for Science Strategy (ABSS), J&J Center for Device Innovation Technology Advisory Council (CDITAC), University Health System’s CEO Search Committee and Kinder Institute’s Developing Opportunities Committee. He also serves on both corporate boards – Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., Emergent Bio Solutions Inc., Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati – PSJETK Fund Investment Advisory Panel– Corporate Governance committee/ External Affairs committee – Global Biotechnology Excellence Program and Dean’s Leadership Council at Princeton University School of Engineering.
With nearly 40 years serving senior executive roles in Fortune 500 companies across healthcare IT, pharmaceuticals and life sciences industries, Gorsky brings a strong set of skills to Apple’s board which will be invaluable in helping the company reach new heights in product innovation and functionality while maintaining high fiscal standards around corporate governance.
Value of Gorsky’s Experience to Apple
With the announcement of outgoing J&J CEO Alex Gorsky joining Apple’s board, many wonder what value his incoming experience will bring to the tech giant. Gorsky has spent over 7 years at J&J; before that, he was a General in the US Army. These experiences have undoubtedly been instrumental in Gorsky’s success and the lessons learned will be invaluable to Apple.
Let’s explore the value of these experiences, and the potential implications on Apple’s prospects.
His Leadership Experience
Gorsky’s leadership experience at Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest and most diversified health care company, will be invaluable to Apple. In his time with J&J, Gorsky demonstrated strong leadership capabilities and showed its ability to effectively manage multiple teams. He oversaw several business units simultaneously and implemented successful strategies that helped the organisation dramatically increase sales. His work at J&J proves he possesses a unique ability to recognize potential business opportunities and develop creative solutions for achieving company objectives. This skill set can help Apple become an even more successful technology giant.
Gorsky’s impressive successes with leading J&J will be a tremendous asset as he takes on the role of Chief Operating Officer at apple.
His Knowledge of the Healthcare Industry
Alex Gorsky is the CEO of Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, and he brings a wealth of experience to Apple. With over 17 years in the business, Gorsky has a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare industry. This ranges from his experience leading global teams, working with partners and suppliers, and developing innovative products.
Gorsky’s extensive knowledge in this sector means that he can help Apple further its expertise in the area, potentially helping the company provide more healthcare solutions for customers. Additionally, his experience negotiating contracts and managing relationships with various partners worldwide could be invaluable for Apple as it seeks to expand its operations into many markets. Finally, considering his success in developing products at J&J that both customers and businesses desired (including Band-Aid brand adhesive bandages), this could also lend itself to a new aspect of Mac OS or iOS development.
Overall, Alex Gorsky brings a unique skillset to Apple which has already begun to reinvigorate their product line—and with Steve Job’s storied legacy behind him—we can certainly anticipate great things coming from this newly minted duo.
His Understanding of Global Markets
Alexander Gorsky, newly appointed Chief Operating Officer of Apple, brings years of experience leading the Health Care division for Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Gorsky’s invaluable knowledge in this field will undoubtedly benefit Apple as they expand their presence into the global market.
One area that Mr. Gorsky brings unique expertise to is understanding global markets and how digital technology, AI and analytics trends impact them. He has led several large-scale initiatives to make healthcare services digital throughout China, Brazil, India and other markets while maintaining regulatory compliance. His understanding of these diverse cultures and governments will be crucial in helping to shape how Apple operates internationally.
Mr. Gorsky has also led the Health Care business at J&J through times of great change and disruption with a human-centred approach focused on leveraging core product strengths along with rapid innovation requiring bold moves into new areas – one being consumer electronics solutions for medical research and improved health management solutions. This kind of outside-the-box thinking combined with his extensive insight regarding local needs from a business perspective will benefit Apple as they explore new opportunities globally.