Joaquin Duato

CEO, Johnson & Johnson

Joaquin Duato is the chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson and serves on its board of directors. As CEO of the world’s largest healthcare company, Duato leads a global workforce of 135,000 employees in developing and delivering transformational and innovative healthcare solutions in pharmaceuticals, medtech, and consumer health.

From his early days in Spain, Duato found inspiration by focusing on how healthcare improved patients’ lives. Over the course of three decades with the company, he developed a deep understanding of what’s possible at Johnson & Johnson by working in all business sectors and across multiple geographies and functions. Before being named CEO, Duato served as the vice chairman of the executive committee, where he provided strategic direction for the pharmaceutical and consumer health sectors and oversaw both information technology and the global supply chain.

Duato’s many accomplishments include driving the transformation of the company’s pharmaceutical business into a global powerhouse by refocusing strategy and investment around core therapeutic areas and areas of greatest unmet need during his tenure as the sector’s worldwide chairman. More recently, he oversaw the company’s rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic and drove coordination of global initiatives to safeguard the health of employees and ensure business and supply chain continuity, so the company’s life-saving medicines and products reached patients and communities in need.

A believer in the power of technology to accelerate progress in healthcare, Duato is leading Johnson & Johnson to harness data science and intelligent automation for insight generation so that teams work as a united front, with expertise and purpose, to solve the world’s toughest health challenges.

A dual citizen of Spain and the United States, Duato’s international perspective gives him a deep appreciation of diversity in all its forms. He is committed to building an inclusive workforce that reflects the patients J&J serves, evidenced by nearly a decade acting as executive sponsor for the African Ancestry Leadership Council ERG.

Duato earned a Master of Business Administration degree from ESADE in Barcelona, Spain, and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two college-aged children.