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Healthcare Businesswomen's Association Names Johnson & Johnson's Alex Gorsky, Worldwide Chairman, Surgical Care, as the 2009 HBA Honorable Mentor

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) today announced that its 2009 Honorable Mentor is Alex Gorsky, Worldwide Chairman, Surgical Care, and member of the Executive Committee at Johnson & Johnson. He will be formally recognized at the 20th annual HBA "Woman of the Year" Luncheon on Thursday, May 7, 2009, the premier event of the year for the healthcare community attended by over 2,000 industry leaders.

"I have always believed a leader's performance is best judged by how many individuals he or she has developed personally along the way and, throughout my career, I have aspired to be that kind of leader," said Mr. Gorsky, who serves on the HBA Global Advisory Board. "I am humbled to be named Honorable Mentor this year by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, and am very proud to be associated with this industry organization that nurtures and inspires women to become strong senior leaders and serve as role models for other women."

The HBA created the Honorable Mentor Award in 2001 to recognize one individual each year who demonstrates long-term support of the advancement of women in the healthcare industry, has a personal dedication to developing, mentoring and promoting women in the industry, and who has been supportive of the HBA.

"Alex was nominated and ultimately chosen as the 2009 HBA Honorable Mentor because of his deep personal commitment to the advancement of women in the healthcare industry," said Ceci Zak, President of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association. "We are grateful for all of his contributions to the organization and to the countless women he has motivated, mentored and encouraged to be extraordinary leaders in the healthcare industry."

Mr. Gorsky began his Johnson & Johnson career as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceutica more than 20 years ago, and advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and management. In 2003, he was promoted to Company Group Chairman for Johnson & Johnson's pharmaceutical business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Gorsky left Johnson & Johnson in 2004 to serve as Chief Operating Officer for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. In 2005, he was named Head of Pharma North America and Chief Executive Officer for Novartis. Mr. Gorsky returned to Johnson & Johnson in 2008 as Company Group Chairman and Worldwide Franchise Chairman for Ethicon. He became Worldwide Chairman, Surgical Care, in January 2009.

After earning a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Mr. Gorsky spent six years in the U.S. Army, finishing his career with the rank of Captain. During that same time, he earned the Ranger Tab, Airborne Wings, and served in Europe, the United States, and Panama. He obtained a master's in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Gorsky is actively involved in the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, The National Alliance on Aging, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the Doylestown Hospital Board and the Boy Scouts of America.

"Alex is a great and supportive leader, and has an uncanny ability to connect with people of all genders, races and creeds and unite them into a seamless team," said Debra Sandler, Worldwide President of McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company. "He takes time to mentor and personally support many leaders and throughout his career has developed many women who are now leaders within Johnson & Johnson."

Star Volunteer

Every year, the HBA also honors a star volunteer who stands apart as a truly exemplary role model for others, and who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to furthering the HBA's goals. Barbara Pritchard, a former Global HBA President and HBA Board member since 2001, has been named the 2009 Star Volunteer. Among many extraordinary achievements for the HBA, Ms. Pritchard developed the concept for what became the HBA's landmark E.D.G.E. in Leadership Study, which benchmarks women's progression in leadership roles in the healthcare industry, and has been a mentor to five HBA chapters and affiliates. She currently serves on the HBA Board of Directors as Chair of the HBA's Chapter/Affiliate Mentors.

Ms. Pritchard, who is President of The Pritchard Group & Intermedica, Inc., is on the Advisory Board of the Brookdale Center of Aging, which is part of Hunter College in New York. She served as a past chair of the International Strategies Committee for the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education, and past president of the Association of Medical Publishers and the Healthcare Marketing Communications Council.

"Now in our fourth decade, the HBA has become the leading non-profit women's leadership organization in the healthcare industry globally, and that growth is a direct result of our committed and extremely talented volunteers," said Ms. Zak. "Barbara has truly been an inspiration to everyone in the HBA, tirelessly giving of herself in a wide variety of leadership roles for many years. We are so grateful for all her service, and for all she continues to do to take the organization to a new level to help shape future female leaders in healthcare."

About The HBA

The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA; is in its fourth decade as a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement of women in healthcare worldwide. With 14 chapters and affiliates throughout the U.S. and in Europe, the HBA is headquartered in New Jersey with offices in Philadelphia and Research Triangle Park. The HBA provides educational opportunities for women and men to develop cutting-edge healthcare industry knowledge and leadership skills; recognizes outstanding women and men in the industry; provides opportunities for networking; creates greater visibility for women in the industry; fosters mentoring relationships and serves as a conduit and sponsor for research on career advancement issues. HBA has over 5,000 individual members and over 130 Corporate Partners. It is widely recognized as the catalyst for leadership development of women in healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit

Photos of Alex Gorsky and Barbara Pritchard are available upon request.

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