Executive Vice President, Global Health, BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co.) and President, BD Foundation
Gary Cohen is Executive Vice President and President, Global Health and Development at BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co), a global medical technology company with over 40,000 employees and $12 billion in revenues worldwide. He joined BD in 1983 and has served as an executive officer since 1996.
In addition to serving as board co-chair of GBCHealth, he is a board director of the Perrigo Company, CDC Foundation, UNICEF USA, the Federal Drug Agents Foundation and the End Violence Partnership. He is board chair and founder of Together for Girls, a partnership of five UN agencies, the governments of the United States and Canada and other partners to end violence against children, particularly sexual violence against girls. He also serves as chair of the CDC/Corporate Roundtable on Global Health Threats and as an advisor on the Scientific Advisory Board of Grand Challenges Canada. He previously served as a Commissioner on the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children and is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Network of Engaged Men Leaders.
Mr. Cohen is among the foremost private sector leaders working in collaboration with the public and nonprofit sectors to advance global public health. He and the BD team collaborate with international agencies, governments and non-government organizations to address global health needs such strengthening health systems, addressing infectious and non-communicable diseases, reducing maternal and newborn mortality, combating antimicrobial resistance and improving safety for health workers and patients. BD was named by Fortune Magazine as one of 50 Companies Changing the World in 2015 and 2016, only one of ten companies worldwide to achieve this distinction in both years.
Mr. Cohen frequently serves as an expert speaker on corporate social innovation and advancing global health, in various venues such as the United Nations, the Vatican, U.S. Department of State, World Bank, World Health Assembly and World Economic Forum-Davos. He has been honored for his humanitarian work by MESAB (Medical Education for South African Blacks), B’nai B’rith International, UNICEF USA, the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, the American Jewish Committee and the Nymbani Home for HIV positive children in Kenya. Mr. Cohen holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and previously served on the university’s board of trustees.