NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ: Raymond Jordan will succeed Bill Nielsen as VP of public affairs and corporate communications at Johnson & Johnson, the company's top communications post.Jordan will assume the position on October 1. He joined J&J last year as VP of corporate staff, leading PR for the medical-device and diagnostic unit. Jordan served previously at Pfizer as VP of communications and information. Nielsen, who will retire on December 31, helped build J&J's communications group during his 16 years with the company. From early in his career at J&J, he raised the profile of PR, serving as a strategic advisor to the CEO. He will end his career in that same capacity, as a special advisor to the CEO, during his last three months with the company. While at J&J, Nielsen developed the National Safe Kids Campaign, a significant childhood-injury reduction effort for the company, and led a 10-year PR and advertising education program for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association. He also helped develop a work/study fellowship program at Rutgers University for masters students planning careers in communications.
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