EVP & CIO
Johnson & Johnson
Jim Swanson is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and member of the Executive Committee for Johnson & Johnson. Based at Johnson & Johnson’s USA headquarters, Jim is responsible for accelerating Johnson & Johnson’s business outcomes and advancing human health with technology and digital innovation.
In his current role, Jim leads the Johnson & Johnson Technology organization. His team consists of more than 4,000 professionals across 50 countries. They are passionate about combining deep scientific expertise with the latest digital solutions. Their goal is to confront some of the most complex healthcare challenges of our time. Additionally, Jim and his team are responsible for powering the 144,000 colleagues across Johnson & Johnson. They also manage the digital ecosystem that connects the Company to patients and customers.
Jim Swanson has an overriding commitment to attracting and growing digital talent across the enterprise and forging external connections across industries and disciplines. He is known for saying that he has “the best job in the world” due to his ability to drive positive impact in the world using “tech for good”. Jim, along with the organizations he has led, has garnered industry accolades. These accolades recognize their contributions in leadership. Their successful application of technology to drive outcomes and deliver business value has also earned them acknowledgment. Furthermore, Jim’s leadership has earned them recognition as one of the best places to work in IT. Additionally, they have shown strong support for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiatives aimed at nurturing emerging talent.
Jim rejoined Johnson & Johnson in 2019 from Bayer Crop Science, where he served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Chief Information Officer, and Head of Digital Transformation. Before Bayer acquired the company, he held the position of Chief Information Officer at Monsanto for five years. Prior to that role, Jim spent nine years working as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical, where he advanced technology throughout the company’s Research & Development organization.
Earlier in his career, Jim led the Research & Development and Commercial IT organizations at Merck. Jim began as a bench scientist at SmithKline Beecham before transitioning to IT. Throughout his professional life, he has had extensive international experience, including living in the United Kingdom and Germany.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Bioscience and Biotechnology and a master’s degree in
Computer Science, both from Drexel University.
Jim, the proud father of three daughters, is married and enjoys running, biking, skiing, scuba diving, and boating in his free time. Additionally, he volunteers with United Way Ready by 21 and the American Heart Association.