HBA names J&J's Gorsky Honorable Mentor

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The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association named Johnson & Johnson Surgical Care chair Alex Gorsky as its 2009 Honorable Mentor in recognition of his efforts to advance women executives at the company.

Gorsky, who is worldwide chairman of J&J's Surgical Care division and a member of the executive committee there, was chosen for what HBA president Ceci Zak called: “his deep personal commitment to the advancement of women in the healthcare industry.”

“We are grateful for all of his contributions to the organization and to the countless women he has motivated, mentored and encouraged to be extraordinary leaders in the healthcare industry,” said Zak.

Debra Sandler, worldwide president of McNeil Nutritionals, said: “Alex is a great and supportive leader, and has an uncanny ability to connect with people of all genders, races and creeds and unite them into a seamless team. He takes time to mentor and personally support many leaders and throughout his career has developed many women who are now leaders within Johnson & Johnson.”

Gorsky joined J&J as a sales rep with Janssen Pharmaceutica more than 20 years ago, following a six-year stint in the Army in which he rose to the rank of captain, serving in Europe, the US and Panama. He holds a master's degree in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is actively involved in the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Alliance on Aging, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the Doylestown Hospital Board and the Boy Scouts of America. He also serves on the HBA's global advisory board.  

“I have always believed that a leader's performance is best judged by how many individuals he or she has developed personally along the way and, throughout my career, I have aspired to be that kind of leader,” said Gorsky. “I am humbled to be named Honorable Mentor this year by the HBA, and am very proud to be associated with this industry organization that nurtures and inspires women to become strong senior leaders and serve as role models for other women.”

The HBA also named Barbara Pritchard, president of The Pritchard Group & Intermedica, as its Star Volunteer of the year.

Last week, the group named Millennium chief Dr. Deborah Dunsire its 2009 Woman of the Year.

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