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Two new female executive coaches join the Johnson & Johnson Secondment Program

Ann-MarieDe Dier and Tharien van Eck, former J&J senior leaders, have joined the J&J Secondment Program as executive coaches. Now retired, they bring a wealth of business expertise from senior J&J positions to guide and coach future J&J secondees on their often complex and challenging assignments. They will join an EMEA Secondment Coaching community of 12 former J&J executives.

Launched in 2014, the J&J Secondment Program provides selected J&J employees across the EMEA region, with the unique opportunity to give back to society by sharing their business skills and knowledge with NGO partners in long term secondments (up to six months).

Embedded within the NGO, the J&J employee draws on their private-sector background and specific technical skills to help the NGO partner improve and innovate specific components of their organization, tackling anything from global health systems to business development, communications, or supply chain management to address not only the immediate strategic needs of the partner organizations but, most importantly, to contribute to long-term change.

To ensure that the NGO partners gain as much as possible from the program, all secondees are coached on their journey by retired J&J senior leaders who invest their time for free to provide 1:1 coaching both pre-and during the secondment placements. In this way, they help guide the secondee in their thinking, and in the development of innovative solutions to solve health challenges for those working on the front lines of delivering care.

To date, 46 J&J employees from across the business sectors have participated in the Secondment Program working with six NGO partners in 23 countries across EMEA, in roles covering business development, supply chain management, HR, communications, finance and many other focus areas. In 2019, the program has been further expanded and will offer new and exciting secondments with eight NGO partners across the EMEA region.

Meet our new executive coaches

Ann-Marie De Dier lives in Belgium and retired from J&J in 2017 after 35 years of service. She worked for 18 years in R&D for Janssen where she managed international teams in Clinical R&D and EMEA Regulatory Affairs. In 2001, she moved to a HR Director role where she focused on Talent Management, Organizational Development and Change Management for Janssen Organisations in the Middle-East, Central & Eastern Europe and Benelux. Her last role was HR Director for the Janssen Finance Function in EMEA.

States Ann-Marie: “I believe that the J&J Secondment Program is an important and exciting program that drives long-term improvements in society and health care. I am looking forward to working with a J&J Secondee in 2019 and sharing my business knowledge and experience. I am also looking forward to gaining new insights and learnings from the secondee and the program that they will be working on.”

Tharien van Eck, living in Belgium, is an Occupational Health physician with global experience and expertise in workplace health programs. She has 17 years’ experience at J&J and joined J&J Consumer East London, South Africa as a contract physician in 2000, working on the development of a robust HIV/AIDS and TB program. In 2004, she was appointed as the EMEA Medical Director and became a member of the EMEA Health & Safety team. Here she was responsible for the design and implementation of workplace health programs for all the J&J locations in the region. Tharien’s final role within J&J was Occupational Health Director EMEA before she retired in June 2017.   

The J&J Secondment Program is an exciting opportunity in giving back to communities and individuals the knowledge and expertise gained by working in J&J. I am looking forward in sharing my expertise and passion in enhancing societies with the secondee, and at the same time to learn more about this program through interaction with the other coaches and secondee.”

About the Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact Secondment Program

Johnson & Johnson 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 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, Johnson & Johnson 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.