Executive Vice President, Global Health, BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co.) and President, BD Foundation
Gary M. Cohen serves as Executive Vice President and Global Health President, BD Foundation, at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. He also serves as president of the BD Foundation and is a member of the BD Executive Leadership Team.
Cohen leads BD’s engagement in extensive cross-sector collaboration to address unmet health needs, globally. Under his leadership, the company’s Global Health team leverages the skills, efficiency and innovation competencies of the business sector to partner with international agencies, governments and non-government organizations to tackle complex and challenging health and social problems.
BD engages in key global health priorities including strengthening health systems, training to improve clinical and laboratory practices, safely immunizing children, addressing infectious and non-communicable diseases, reducing maternal and newborn mortality, combating antimicrobial resistance, and advancing patient and health care worker safety.
Cohen joined BD in 1983 and has served as a corporate officer since 1996. He previously held other senior leadership roles at the company, including EVP of International Operations and EVP and president of the BD Medical segment. He frequently serves as an expert speaker and advocates for the advancement of health and human rights in various venues including the United Nations, Vatican, World Bank, World Health Assembly, U.S. Department of State and World Economic Forum-Davos. He has been honored for his humanitarian work by numerous organizations.
Cohen serves on the board of directors for the Perrigo Company, CDC Foundation, UNICEF USA, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and Federal Drug Agents Foundation; as board co-chair of GBCHealth; and as board chair and founder of Together for Girls. He previously served on the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children, and presently serves as chair of the CDC/Corporate Roundtable on Global Health Threats and on the Scientific Advisory Board of Grand Challenges Canada.
Cohen holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University, and previously served on the university’s board of trustees. In 2016, he was named a Rutgers 250 Fellow in association with the university’s 250th anniversary, and in 2018, Rutgers Business School announced its collaboration with Cohen as the founder of the Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation.
Cohen has served on the Board since January 2013.