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

Innovation can level any obstacle!  Suzanne guides people and businesses to imagine into the complex future, paint a portrait of what they want to become and birth a plan to get there.   Suzanne blends science and business in a 25+ year career focused on launching new businesses and driving value creation.  Her leadership roles spanned all three sectors ( Medical Devices, Consumer and Pharmaceuticals and a  Corporate role) across J&J, in addition to  5 external companies and include the diverse functions of Corporate Development, M&A Business Development, Strategic Planning, Commercial Development, Tactical and Strategic Marketing, R&D, Tech Support and Quality Control.  As a champion of disruptive innovation, she created strategy and launched a Joint Venture, a new Subsidiary, a new Company, new Lines of Business and dozens of new Products.  As a business leader, Suzanne uses an inspirational framework infused with deep organizational change management experience from successfully leading acquisitions, post-merger integrations, joint ventures and new business units.  As a strategist, Suzanne uses “future-back”(aka Christensen)  methodology and is experienced developing and dovetailing organic and inorganic strategy.  As a people leader, she developed direct staff, led complex, multifunction teams and individually mentored and coached dozens of diverse talent (with an emphasis on women and minorities) to gain higher leadership levels.  As a thought leader, she served as a panelist or keynote speaker at innumerable internal and external events on a broad range of topics (e.g. start-up funding, the diagnostics and medical device industry, leadership development).  

While President of the Point of Care Industry Consortium, comprised of members from over 30 competitors, she created a nonprofit company, secured funding and led the fruitful effort to create a universal software interface that unshackled the fledgling Point of Care Diagnostics industry.  While serving in J&J Corporate Development, as VP of Business Development, she focused on business acceleration and incubation for new J&J growth platforms by creating strategy and supporting equity investments and internal ventures in adjacent and “white spaces” for J&J across healthcare (e.g. Ophthalmology, Healthcare IT, Advanced Diagnostics and Neuromodulation) that resulted in $80MM equity capital investment.  She also led one of the work-streams to transform the vision of J&J Innovation into the reality of four geographical Innovation centers in Cambridge, San Francisco, London and China.  This powerful, cross-sector initiative’s purpose was to accelerate J&J’s ability to access early stage innovations through creative partnerships and collaborations.   In her final J&J role, as Vice President Business Development, Global Head of Consumer Business Development Operations and Alliance Management she drove due diligence, integration and alliance management process excellence/best practices for the Consumer M&A function with over $3bn in transactions and spear-headed the inorganic growth strategy process. 

Most recently, Suzanne serves in an Advisory Board role to a rapidly growing packaging company, is a member of the Wheaton College (Norton, MA) President’s Commission, serves on the Colllier County Citizens Action Committee Metropolitan Planning Organization, provides management consulting services (focused on strategy and knitting organic and inorganic growth vectors) as a Co-founder of SzyWalk LLC, speaks at select engagements and continues to coach and mentor 5-6 young leaders.

Suzanne graduated Summa Cum Laude with an undergraduate Biology degree from Wheaton College, Norton, MA where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and holds an MBA degree from the Krannert School of Business, Purdue University.