Sandi Peterson

Sandi Peterson (born 1959) is an American businesswoman. She was group worldwide chairman at Johnson & Johnson from 2012-2018 and previously held leadership positions at Bayer Medical Care, Medco Health Solutions, Nabisco and Whirlpool Corporation.

Sandra E. Peterson
Born1959 (age 59–60)
Other namesSandi Peterson
Alma materCornell University, Princeton University
OccupationGroup worldwide chairman
EmployerJohnson & Johnson

Early life and education

The youngest of six children, Peterson received her bachelor's degree in government studies from Cornell University, and her MPA in applied economics from Princeton University. She began her career working in consulting at McKinsey & Company.[1]

Business career

From 1987 to 1993,[2] Peterson worked in strategy, finance, sustainability, and product development at Whirlpool Corporation, and later at Nabisco.[1] In 2000, Peterson accepted a leadership position at Medco Health Solutions.[1] In 2005, she became president of Bayer Medical Care.[1] She also received a fellowship from the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart, Germany, and spent a year serving with the German Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federation of German Industries.[2] In 2010, she was promoted to chairman and chief executive officer of Bayer CropScience AG.[1]

Peterson was formerly the chair of the conservation research charity EcoHealth Alliance (previously called Wildlife Trust).[2][3][4] and served on the board of directors at Dun & Bradstreet.[5] In 2015 she joined the board of directors of Microsoft.

Peterson often advocates for women in business, and was featured in a multi-part series of interviews on the subject by Forbes in 2011.[6] She is a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Johnson & Johnson

In December 2012, Peterson accepted a position at Johnson & Johnson as group worldwide chairman,[1] which made her the highest-ranking woman at the company.[7] The Wall Street Journal reported that Johnson & Johnson had "wooed" Peterson during the hiring process for several months.[7] Before Peterson was hired, the company had been reported as having difficulties with product recalls and declining sales.[8] Peterson's hiring was part of a company-wide overhaul meant to address these issues.[8] Peterson also joined the company's executive committee and relocated from Germany, where she had worked for Bayer, to New Brunswick, New Jersey, where Johnson & Johnson is headquartered.[1]

At Johnson & Johnson, Peterson was vocal about the company's need to further the roles of women in the workplace.[9] By 2014, the company had doubled its number of women in executive leadership positions, to 33% of its corporate staff.[9][10] When interviewed about the change, Peterson said, "If you think of it, the population is half female, so that's where we should be [in terms of leadership]. We feel pretty good, but we still have a long way to go".[9]

Honors and awards

In 2013, the National Association for Female Executives gave Peterson their "woman of achievement" award.[11] In 2014, Peterson received the Corporate Vision Award from Gilda's Club, New York City, a charity foundation supporting cancer victims and their families.[12] That same year, Forbes ranked Peterson at number 20 on its list of the "most powerful women in business".[13] In 2015, The Committee of 200 named Peterson the recipient of its annual "corporate innovator" award.[14]

In June 2015, Peterson traveled to Berlin to give a presentation on healthcare policy to government leaders at the G7 summit.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Sandra E. Peterson to Join Johnson & Johnson as Group Worldwide Chairman and Member of the Executive Committee". Pharma Business Week. 24 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Executive Profile:Sandra E. Peterson". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Wildlife Trust Board of Directors Announce New Leadership". EcoHealth Alliance. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  4. ^ "New Officers Elected by EcoHealth Alliance Board of Directors; Committee Chairs Selected". EcoHealth Alliance. Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Dun & Bradstreet: Board of Directors". Dun & Bradstreet. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  6. ^ Sasha Galbraith (7 December 2011). "Bayer CropScience's Sandra Peterson: Successful Woman CEO Navigates in a Man's World". Forbes. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  7. ^ a b Jonathan D. Rockoff (13 September 2012). "J&J Recruits Bayer Executive". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  8. ^ a b Katie Thomas (13 September 2012). "J.&J. Names Outsider to Run Its Troubled Consumer Unit". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Jennifer Owens (4 March 2015). "Why Johnson & Johnson's Sandi Peterson is My New Hero". Working Mother. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  10. ^ Bowers, Katherine (9 February 2015). "Change the Ratio". Working Mother. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  11. ^ Spence, Betty (22 October 2013). "NAFE Women of Excellence 2013 Winners – SANDRA E. PETERSON". National Association for Female Executives. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Gala 2014". Gilda's Club. 2014. Archived from the original on 12 August 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Most Powerful Women in Business". Forbes. 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Corporate Innovator". Committee of 200. 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  15. ^ Maike Telgheder. "Disease, Robots and Health Today". Handelsblatt. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
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