This Just In: April 17 Speaker Now New Avon CEO


Johnson and Johnson missed its chance to have a female CEO, Dartmouth alumna Sheri McCoy.   The pharma company’s loss is Avon’s gain — and McCoy will speak next Tuesday, April 17, 4:30 p.m.  at the Carl A. Fields Center. 

Sheri McCoy (left) was slated — no doubt long ago — to speak at the Keller Center on the 17th. She had been in the horse race — competing with Alex Gorsky — to replace William Weldon at the top job at Johnson & Johnson.  Gorsky (a West Point graduate with a Wharton MBA) won in February. 

 On Monday McCoy (a chemist from UMass-Dartmouth, with a master’s from Princeton and an MBA from Rutgers) was named to replace Princeton alumna Andrea Jung as Avon’s CEO. Jung remains as board chairman

I liked Jung when I heard her speak at the Rothman Institute in 2009 (right), and her plans to storm overseas markets sounded good then — but apparently they didn’t work out.    Here are the details of McCoy’s talk, as listed by the Keller Center. I’m wondering if they will need to change the venue to a bigger space! 
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in the Carl A. Fields Center Room 104 (campus map)
The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Keller Center are pleased to host the G. S. Beckwith Gilbert ’63 Lecture with Sheri S. McCoy *82, Vice Chairman, Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson. Sheri began her Johnson & Johnson career in 1982 as a scientist in the research and development organization supporting the Consumer women’s health business. In her most recent at Johnson & Johnson, Sheri led the organization through a period of significant product launches, acquisitions and partnerships, and pipeline advances, while managing through significant loss of patent exclusivity. She is a passionate advocate for diversity of thought, leadership development, employee engagement and customer focus. This lecture is open to the public and a reception will follow. 

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