Former J&J chairman and CEO James Burke dies at 87
This article was originally published in Clinica
James Burke, who was chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson between 1976 and 1989, and worked for the company for 37 years, has died at the age of 87. During his leadership, J&J saw sales increase more than threefold to $9 billion, while net income increased nearly fivefold, market cap nearly tripled, and it expanded its global presence from 37 to 54 countries. After retiring from J&J in 1989, Mr Burke became chairman of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, a non-profit organisation which campaigned against illicit drug use. Mr Burke was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 in recognition of his corporate and civic leadership.