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Further expansion of the Johnson & Johnson Secondment Program in 2019

This year, 14 Johnson & Johnson employees from across our business sectors will take part in the Johnson & Johnson Secondment Program. The Secondees will share their business skills and knowledge in field assignments (up to six months) with eight NGO partner organisations across the EMEA region.


Out of the total of 14, we are piloting two Lion Secondments. This new component of the Secondment Program enables J&J senior leaders to take part in short term and part-time strategic assignments with our partner organizations seeking strategic direction and senior leadership advice to help build their organizational capacity. The roles are remotely based to allow J&J executives to continue to manage their leadership roles and responsibilities within the Company, whilst providing senior level counsel to the NGO partners.

Our 2019 secondments cover a variety of roles ranging from business development and public health to marketing and legal expertise, with many roles succeeding previous assignments to create long-term sustainability. To support them, all secondees will be coached by a senior J&J leader, now retired, who invests their time for free to help guide the secondee on their often complex and challenging roles. Each secondee will also be assigned a J&J Secondee Alumn to support them on their journey, based on their personal learnings and experiences.

Meet the 2019 Class of Secondees:

From Belgium: 

  • Ignacio Gomez-Arroyo, Staff Engineer at Janssen, will be seconded to the NGO White Ribbon Alliance in Nigeria to assess the NGO’s program in the Niger state focused on increasing accountability for reproductive, maternal and newborn health to support the continuation and scale up of the program leveraging funds more effectively and creating economies of scale.

From Denmark: 

  • Jette Zoega, Sales Manager DePuy Synthes. Jette will be seconded to the NGO North Star Alliance in Kenya to develop a communications and training program for the NGOs staff in clinics in East Africa. The training program aims to prepare the organization for a change towards a transition to a new customized Electronic Medical Record system.

From France:

  • Lorenzo Eandi, EMEA Strategic Pricing Lead at Medical Devices, will be seconded to our NGO CCBRT in Tanzania. He will support the further development of a sustainable business model for the CCBRT Academy and prepare the first steps towards the implementation of a revenue-generating model for the Academy.
  • Delphine Liegeon, Senior Lawyer Medical Devices. Delphine will be seconded to NGO mothers2mothers in South Africa where she will support the NGOs governance and compliance functions. This will include the development of stronger corporate governance tracking tools, strengthening corporate governance filing systems, and improving legal templates.

From Germany: 

  • Kerstin Koppensteiner, Regional Sales Manager at Janssen. Kerstin will join our NGO CCBRT in Tanzania to strengthen the brand development of the CCBRT Academy through planning, development and marketing and assist in the development and implementation of a strategy to ensure the continuous, successful recruitment of students.

From Slovakia: 

  • Robert Stubna, Key Account Manager Medical Devices, will be seconded to our long-term corporate partner Save the Children in Kenya. He will work closely with the team to further strengthen and grow the data collection and reporting expertise of Save the Children’s field teams in Kenya and support them in understanding and implementing best practices in technical research and planning protocols as well as external reporting and presentation skills.

From Switzerland:

  • Sallamaari Jauhiainen, HR Business Partner at Actelion. Salla is joining our NGO Hand in Hand East Africa in Kenya to further enhance the NGOs public health interventions (training modules) and to strengthen its public health training portfolio by partnering with other health-based organizations in Kenya.
  • Anne Claire Marrast, Senior Director, Clinical Science Program Head (Clinical Lead) at Actelion. Anne Claire, selected for our lion program, will share her expertise and knowledge on a short term and part-time basis with our long-term partner the AKDN in Kenya. She will support the development of an AKDN Non-Communicable Disease Prevention Strategy for four countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
  • Tanja Schaller, Project Manager Consumer Supply Chain, will be seconded to NGO Save the Children in Lebanon. She will support strengthen the capacity of field teams and partners in understanding and implementing best practices in different areas of child protection work, including tool revision and development, roll-out of new technical approaches and documentation of best practices / lessons learned.

From the United Arab Emirates:

  • Ahmed Lotfy, Sales Manager DePuy Synthes. Ahmed will be seconded to the AKDN organization the support the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Human Development to develop an international Hub to lead, support, and strengthen innovative approaches to Early Childhood Development.
  • Jeremiah Kaplan, Business Unit Director, J&J Emerging Markets, Medical Devices. Jemeriah, selected for our lion program, will share his expertise and knowledge on a short term and part-time basis with NGO the White Ribbon Alliance. He will provide senior level business development coaching to support the development of customized, country-specific strategic plans for two National Alliances to strengthen their sustainability. This will include advice and support to WRA’s CEO and the National Alliance Executive Directors to lead the implementation of these business plans.
  • Natalia Piontkevich, Procurement Category Manager, will join NGO SOS Children’s Villages in Kenya to facilitate the development of business cases for Health & Education facilities as well as support the facilities being handed over in business development handover processes.

From the UK: 

  • Madelaine Holden, Innovation Activation Manager EMEA, JLabs. Madeleine will join the AKDN team in Kenya to strengthen the Aga Khan Foundation’s Madrasa Early Childhood Development Program to improve its profile, external image, consistency in messaging, and outreach in East Africa.

From the US: 

  • Stephen Ruhmel, Technology Manager GPH. Stephen joins the AKDN organization in Kenya to support the analysis, and drawing of lessons from, and identification of replicable aspects of a three-year initiative to strengthen professional associations of nurses and midwives in East Africa.

“Since its launch in 2014, forty-six J&J employees from all sectors across EMEA have participated in our Secondment Program working with some of our amazing NGO partners across 23 countries in EMEA, helping to change the trajectory of health for humanity. Each year, we continue to further expand the program to deliver an even greater impact to our partners”, says Annet Eijkelkamp, Director Employee Engagement, GCI EMEA and Secondment Program Lead.


About the Johnson & Johnson Secondment Program
J&J Global Community Impact invests in people on the front lines of care as they change the trajectory of health for the world’s most vulnerable people, their families, and their communities. We are inspired to help create a world where people, no matter their circumstances, have access to quality health care. The Secondment Program, part of the Johnson & Johnson Talent for Good Strategy (see below) is a long-term collaboration between Johnson & Johnson, our employees, and our NGO partners to invest in and build the skills of people on the front lines of care in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Through full-time field assignments of up to six months, our employees transfer their knowledge, expertise, and passion to our partners at the heart of delivering care, uniquely give back to society, and change the trajectory of human health. Learn more here.

About the Johnson & Johnson Talent for Good Strategy
Johnson & Johnson has nearly 140,000 employees who apply their time, skills and resources to build healthier communities around the world. From donating to a cause to fully immersive partnerships with NGOs (like our Secondment Program), every day, Johnson & Johnson employees are using their talents to do good. We are expanding opportunities for employees to give back and uniting them under one, strategic platform – Talent for Good. Talent for Good aims to activate employees at all stages of their career to make a positive and enduring impact on society while enhancing their skills and pursuing their passions. Johnson & Johnson as a company is committed to healthy communities and careers, where employees use their Talent for Good. We want our employees to see giving back as not only vital for our communities and living into Our Credo, but key to growth and a healthy career.