Michael Sneed, worldwide VP, global corporate affairs and CCO, Johnson & Johnson: Power List 2016

2016 rank: 42

When Michael Sneed assumed the role of CCO at Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s most respected companies, some people expressed surprise. After all, Michael is not a career communications professional.

But as someone who worked closely with him during my 20-plus years with J&J, Michael’s selection was not only logical, it was also the best decision chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky could have made.

Michael has stewarded J&J’s reputation throughout his 33-year career. He embodies the J&J credo and has an impeccable reputation as a thoughtful exec with deep business acumen who consistently delivers stellar business results while mentoring and developing people.

After some speed bumps resulted in a downward turn in J&J’s reputation a few years ago, Michael took on leadership of global corporate affairs, including comms and public affairs. Under his leadership, the company set out to restore its reputation with customers. One look at virtually any reputation index reflects the results of his efforts. J&J again ranks among the most respected companies and, under Michael, it remains in excellent hands as J&J navigates its path forward.

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