Thomas M. Gorrie
Thomas M. Gorrie, PhD, MS, was elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2009.
Gorrie is a multitalented business adviser for global organizations in the health care sector providing expertise in the areas of government relations, general management, medical products, health policy, investments, and sales and marketing. A chemist by training, he began his career at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) as a senior research scientist in 1972, and over the next 35 years ascended to senior positions in research and development, marketing and sales, international, general management, and venture capital. Prior to his retirement, his last role as a corporate officer at J&J was as vice president of government affairs and policy responsible for federal, state, and international relations for the company.
Gorrie currently serves as a trustee of Duke University and as chairman of the board for the Duke University Medical Center Health System. He is a trustee of Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China. Gorrie is a nonexecutive director of the British Standards Institution in the United Kingdom; he will complete his term August 31, 2015. Gorrie is distinguished executive in residence and adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Business. He is a senior adviser to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a senior adviser to the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investments in Beijing. He also has written many peer-reviewed scientific articles, holds two patents, has made numerous presentations on broad subjects globally, and co-edited the book Ethics and the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Gorrie received a PhD and an MS in chemistry from Princeton University, and earned a BA in chemistry from Rutgers University. He completed postdoctoral studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.