Gary Cohen is executive vice president of Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BD), a global medical technology company with over $7 billion revenues and 29,000 employees in 50 countries. He is board chair of the CDC Foundation and a board director of the Perrigo Company, the US Fund for UNICEF, GBCHealth and the Accordia Global Health Foundation. He also serves as a Commissioner for the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children, chair of the CDC/Corporate Roundtable on Global Health Threats and an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative.
Gary and the BD team are extensively engaged in collaborations across the public, private and NGO sectors to address health needs in developing and emerging countries. He has served as an advocate, speaker and expert panelist on global health, child immunization, HIV/AIDS and health system strengthening, in venues including the United Nations, World Bank, World Economic Forum (Davos), US Department of State and Council on Foreign Relations. Gary founded Together for Girls, a new partnership to address the human rights and public health impacts of sexual violence against girls, comprised of UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UN Women, the World Health Organization, the CDC, the US Department of State – Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator (PEPFAR) and Office of Global Women’s Issues (GWI), the Nduna Foundation, BD and other partners.
Gary has been honored for his humanitarian work by MESAB (Medical Education for South African Blacks), B’nai B’rith International, the US Fund for UNICEF, the Nyumbani Home (an orphanage in Kenya for HIV positive children) and the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. He earned a BA from Rutgers College and a MBA from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management, and previously served on the university’s Board of Trustees.