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Len DeCandia

Former Global Chief Procurement Officer

Johnson & Johnson

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Len DeCandia is the former Global Chief Procurement Officer at Johnson & Johnson, a $95 billion maker of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer health products with over 140,000 employees around the world. Len rejoined Johnson & Johnson in 2014 and assumed the Global CPO role in 2016 through Fall 2022. As CPO, he was responsible for all global procurement policies, including supplier base strategy development, practices such as supplier relationship management and functional headcount. He also served as a member of the Enterprise Governance Council (ESG Focus) and as Executive Sponsor of the Employee Resource Group for Diverse Abilities. He spearheaded an enterprise-wide digital functional transformation, from a decentralized procurement system to a center-led model, covering all categories of spend ($36B/Year) for J&J globally. In his 7-year tenure, Len improved functional P&L contribution productivity by 70% and led the expansion of the diverse supplier program, increasing social impact spend by 100%. Len was recognized by Supply Chain Management Magazine as a Top 30 global supply chain leader, and as CPO of the Year in 2021 by CPO Rising. He was also recognized by the Global Procurement Leaders with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022. From 2009 to 2014, Len was Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Vice President for Estée Lauder (NYSE: EL), he managed the deployment of all global strategies for major categories and pioneered advanced technologies as a platform for growth through supplier innovation, while delivering savings approaching $1 billion. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, at AmerisourceBergen (NYSE: ABC) from 2004 to 2008. He was responsible for all spend as well as supply management of branded, generics and OTC products ($100B in revenue). A member of the Operating Committee and he led the U.S. pharmaceutical distribution transformation to the fee for service model and was GM for the $4 billion generics business. Prior to joining ABC, he was with Roche Pharmaceuticals (1996 to 2004) as CSO for the North America. Len is the founding chair (2002) of the Rutgers University Center for Supply Chain Management, and he is currently the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board at the Rutgers Business School. He currently serves on the Board of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System and was also a previous Chairman of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance industry board from 2006 to 2008. Len holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University.

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Former Global Chief Procurement Officer at Johnson & Johnson


Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Mechanical Engineering (BS); MBA - Operations/Marketing