Vanessa J. Evans

Previous Position: Vice President, Global Customer Development, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Family of Companies

With vast experience in both professional and consumer markets, Vanessa J. Evans recently retired from Johnson & Johnson and has partnered with Bright Side, Inc., to deliver Bright Sides proprietary behavioral strategy system which accelerates leadership development and business results. She embraces her passion for “Women’s Leadership and Diversity” via speaking engagements and educational presentations at Leadership and Diversity conferences and seminars.

While at J&J, her responsibilities as Vice President, Global Customer Development included global sales management and board level direction for customer development, business process innovation, customer service, consumer affairs and strategic planning with additional knowledge in marketing and supply chain. She was responsible for the development of a $1.7 billion channel of distribution, ten percent of Johnson & Johnson Consumer group sales and double digit CAGR (Compounded Annual Growth Rate) for a top 5 global customer for the Johnson and Johnson Consumer Group.  As the Vice President, Development & Process Excellence, her leadership was responsible for the development of the global new product process, global market research processes, redesign of the global packaging processes and the receipt of “Signature of Quality” awards for two of J&J’s operating companies.

In addition to her functional responsibilities, she was one of the original members of Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Women’s Leadership Steering Committee, which drove the initiatives responsible for driving the development of women leaders while fostering diversity education and understanding within Johnson and Johnson.  She is a recipient of the New Jersey YWCA Twin Award (Women’s Leadership) and an internal Affirmative Action Award for increasing diversity within her department.  Other positions during her lengthy tenure with Johnson & Johnson included regional vice president, quality and consumer affairs; vice president, quality improvement for the Global Research & Development group and Personal Products Company, director of marketing for the Advanced Materials Company