James Edward Burke

James Edward
Bower Award for Business Leadership
Johnson and Johnson
For management and public service.

James E. Burke was born in Rutland, Vermont in 1925. He earned an undergraduate degree from Holy Cross College in 1947 and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School in 1949.

Mr. Burke joined Johnson and Johnson as a product director in 1953. He was elected a Director and member of the Executive Committee in 1965, became President of the Corporation in 1973, and was named Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in 1976. He stepped down as Chairman on April 26, 1989.

Mr. Burke is currently Chairman of the Board of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Mr. Burke is also Chairman of the Business Enterprise Trust and serves on the Board of Directors of The Washington Post Company and the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Information as of 1990