J&J grabs Bayer exec as new CIO

Oct. 7, 2019

Johnson & Johnson has hired a former Bayer executive as its chief information officer.

Jim Swanson, formerly a technology executive at Bayer’s crop-science division, will succeed Stuart McGuigan. In March, McGuigan took charge of information technology at the State Department, filling a position that had been vacant since late 2017.

At J&J, Swanson will be responsible for amplifying the drugmaker's business impact and shaping its direction through the strategic use of technology. At Bayer, Swanson focused on data science, using it, for example, to reduce the crop-science division’s carbon footprint. J&J CEO Alex Gorsky has emphasized the strategic important of data science capabilities. 

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