Bruce Sawyer

Bruce Sawyer

Biology, 1975

Senior director of global business excellence for Johnson and Johnson's Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

I came back to the College in 2013 as the keynote speaker for the Black History Month Dinner and offered students an enticing summer internship.

After college, people are originally hired for technical skills according to the degree they receive. But you must remember to be open to learning and show your ability to adapt to on-the-job training and various work situations after they get hired. In most organizational culture, advancement or an opportunity is based on one's ability to socialize and network.

My responsibilities at Johnson and Johnson include global manufacturing, procurement and external manufacturing, which encompasses more than 9,000 associates and 30 manufacturing locations worldwide. Prior to Johnson and Johnson, I held a series of managerial positions and worked at the Sloan-Kettering Research Institute.