Elaine Thibodeau
Platform Leader, Manufacturing Surgical Vision  
Johnson & Johnson

“I love manufacturing because it combines what I like to do most - I'm a problem solver - big and small, I love helping people reach their full potential and I really like the tangible output of making and delivering a product to our customers.”

Elaine is a seasoned industry leader whose efforts ensure quality, continuity, preparedness and resiliency across the supply chain. Because medication shortages can interfere with patient care, Elaine’s work is crucial for a healthcare and pharmaceutical company such as Johnson & Johnson. For instance, Elaine led a cross-functional team that drove the recovery of DOXIL®, a life-extending ovarian cancer treatment. This task entailed taking over a third-party manufacturing plant, establishing accountability, splitting the manufacturing process, transferring technology to a different site, and ensuring regulatory, quality and legal alignment. Through Elaine’s work, cancer patients were able to readily access this important drug.

In her previous role as VP of Strategy and Deployment for Consumer Medical Devices and in her current role as Platform Leader for Surgical Vision, Elaine also helped complete due diligence and integration around the $4.325B acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics. Under her leadership, this was a smooth and rapid transition that included ophthalmic products in three business segments and five manufacturing sites in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Concurrently, Elaine helped Puerto Rico’s six manufacturing sites recover from Hurricane Maria.

Elaine is currently a mentor and sponsor to early-career female talent as part of a formal Johnson & Johnson program. She also informally mentors many young engineers and other supply chain professionals across her network and is seen as a successful role model for women in the industry. In addition, when Elaine was General Manager of Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, she chaired the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) there.

As a volunteer, Elaine is proud to support NORWESCAP, which fights poverty in Northwest New Jersey through program support and community advocacy. Elaine has held the roles of board member and chair of the board development committee at NORWESCAP and looks forward to further service with this extraordinary group. 

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