Suzanne Cross

Former Global Head of Consumer Business Development Operation and Alliance Development, Johnson & Johnson


With a belief that innovation can level any obstacle and over 20 years of healthcare experience at J&J, Suzanne blends science and business in a career focused on launching new businesses and driving value creation.  Her roles spanned all three sectors and Corporate across J&J plus 5 companies external to J&J and included the diverse functions of R&D, Tech Support, Quality, Commercial Development, Tactical and Strategic Marketing, Strategic Planning and Business Development.  As a champion of disruptive innovation and using tools from her Business Development experience, over her career she has created strategy and launched a Joint Venture, a new Subsidiary, a new Company, new Lines of Business and dozens of new Products.  As a leader, she uses an inspirational framework with deep organizational change management experience from leading post merger integrations, joint venture management and launching new business units and subsidiaries.  As President of the Point of Care industry Consortium, comprised of over 30 competitors, she created a company, secured funding and led the effort to create a universal software interface that unshackled the fledgling Point of Care Diagnostics industry.  In her most recent roles, as Global Head of Consumer Business Development for Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Development, she focused on business acceleration and incubation for new J&J growth platforms by supporting equity investments and internal ventures in adjacent and “white spaces” for J&J and led the Transparency and Coordination work-stream to transform the vision of J&J Innovation into the reality of four geographical centers in Cambridge, San Francisco, London and China.  This cross-sector initiative’s purpose is to accelerate our ability to access early stage innovations through creative partnerships and collaborations. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with an undergraduate Biology from Wheaton College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and holds an MBA degree with honors from the Krannert School of Business, Purdue University.