Gary Cohen is Executive Vice President and President, Global Health and Development at BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co), a global medical technology company operating in 150 countries with over 45,000 employees. He joined BD in 1983 and has served as an executive officer since 1996. Mr. Cohen is also board co-chair of GBCHealth and a board director of the Perrigo Company, CDC Foundation and US Fund for UNICEF, and board chair/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 previously served as a Commissioner on the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children. He is also a member of the UN Secretary General’s Network of Engaged Men Leaders.
Mr. Cohen and BD engage in extensive cross-sector collaboration to address unmet health needs globally, including among high disease burden, low resource populations; utilizing various methods such as social investing, CSR and shared value creation. He and the BD team work with international agencies, governments and non-government organizations, focused on specific health goals such strengthening clinical and laboratory practices, addressing infectious and non-communicable diseases, reducing maternal and newborn mortality and improving safety for health workers and patients. Mr. Cohen frequently serves as an expert speaker and advocate on advancing health and human rights in various venues including the United Nations, World Bank, U.S. Department of State, Clinton Global Initiative and World Economic Forum-Davos. He has been honored by Medical Education for South African Blacks, B’nai B’rith International, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the Nyumbani Home for orphaned HIV-positive children, the American Jewish Committee and the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. Mr. Cohen holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and previously served on the university’s board of trustees.