Walking the Talk: Lessons in Global Leadership

Former Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Chairman Karen Licitra sits down with PTV to discuss the key components of a successful medtech leader 

Austin, Texas – June 1, 2016 – We are excited to announce the release of the next podcast in our TOP Talks series. The podcast features PTV Senior Advisor and former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy, Karen Licitra, as she discusses the key components of a successful medtech leader.

In the podcast Licitra and PTV Managing Director Rick Anderson cover a range of topics, including the importance of talent development, the oft-forgotten characteristics needed to be a successful leader, and why leadership strategy and company culture go hand in hand. Ultimately, Licitra says it comes down to accountability. “It’s about walking the talk. You can’t say it’s important and then not follow through on the actions.”

“We all play for the long term and you’ve got to have talent for the long term. Talent development has to be a part of every single board meeting … it has to be an ongoing conversation,” says Licitra. “It takes engagement from the leadership team. I think the CEO and leadership team have to own the talent development in an organization. And that means knowing people three, four levels down, it means first and foremost knowing what skills and capabilities you need to drive the growth of your business for the future.”

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Karen Licitra retired from Johnson & Johnson in August, 2015. During her 31 year career, Karen was known for creating innovative growth platforms and had a wealth of domestic and global industry experience in sales, marketing, commercial and general management.

From January 2014 through August 2015, Karen held the position of Corporate Vice President Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy. In this role, she was responsible for Johnson & Johnson’s engagements with government leaders around the world at the multilateral, national, and state levels. Her organization also led development of Johnson & Johnson public policy.

Prior to this, Karen was Worldwide Chairman, Global Medical Solutions Group within Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Device and Diagnostics segment. She was responsible for setting the strategy and vision for an $8.6B global portfolio of healthcare companies including Vision Care, Diabetes Care, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, and Advanced Sterilization Products as well as the Sedation business unit. She also led the Medical Device & Diagnostics Center of Excellence for Regulatory Affairs. Before her rise to Worldwide Chairman, Karen was Company Group Chairman for Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Franchise Chairman for Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson Medical, Canada.

TOP Talks, PTV’s podcast series, features conversations between PTV Managing Director Rick Anderson and various industry thought leaders as they discuss the changing landscape of the healthcare industry and what that means for healthcare entrepreneurs. Previous episodes can be found on PTV’s website.