episode 609

Digital Acceleration and Innovation in Times of Uncertainty with Johnson & Johnson and Corteva CIOs

Jim Swanson is the Executive Vice President and Enterprise CIO for Johnson & Johnson, one of the world's largest companies and one of the oldest multinational companies across three business segments including consumer, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. The company operates across 250 subsidiaries in 60 countries with over 130,000 employees. Jim came to Johnson & Johnson from Bayer Crop Science following the acquisition of DuPont, where he previously served as the CIO for several years. Debra King is the SVP and Chief Information and Transformation Officer for Corteva Agriscience. Corteva was previously a division of DowDuPont, which became an independent company following the dissolution of DowDuPont in 2019. With 22,000 employees in 23 countries, Corteva is the only global pure-play agriculture company in the industry. Debra led the multi-technology transformation efforts that enabled the successful spin-off of Corteva. Today, Debra leads the technology and digital strategy for the company’s mission of enriching the lives of those who produce and those who consume. November 08, 2021

609: In this interview from our recent Metis Strategy Digital Symposium in September, Jim Swanson, Executive Vice President and Enterprise CIO for Johnson & Johnson, and Debra King, Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Transformation Officer for Corteva Agriscience, speak with Metis Strategy’s Vice President and East Coast Lead Alex Kraus about digital acceleration in times of uncertainty. Debra describes how Corteva maintains the characteristics of a startup and how the company leverages its Execute to Win program to bring about new and innovative ideas. Jim shares insight from Johnson & Johnson’s Four Pillars Approach as they relate to advancing the company’s mission of transforming the trajectory of human health. Finally, Debra gives her perspective on how Corteva’s agility has been shaped by uncertainty, and Jim gives his perspective on how Johnson & Johnson has developed resiliency during the pandemic.

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This episode is sponsored by Transmit Security.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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