Women's Leadership Institute

Melanie Barstad - President

Melanie BarstadMelanie Barstad is President, Women’s Health Initiatives for the Medical Devices & Diagnostics (MD&D) sector of Johnson & Johnson.  Her responsibilities include defining growth, partnership, and advocacy roles in the women’s health arena for the sector’s Operating Companies.

Ms. Barstad previously served as President, Acute Care for Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc. (JJHCS) with responsibility for sales to large hospitals, hospital systems, distributors and group purchasing organizations. She was a member of the JJHCS Management Board and a member of their Strategic Management Committee.   Prior to joining JJHCS, Ms. Barstad served as WW General Manager for the Vascular Access business of ETHICON Endo-Surgery and was also a member of the ETHICON Endo-Surgery Management Board.

Ms. Barstad began her Johnson & Johnson career in 1986 and has held numerous positions in sales, marketing, product development and general management, including assignments at Johnson & Johnson Medical and ETHICON, Inc.  Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Barstad worked for Procter & Gamble and Pitney Bowes in sales and sales management.

In September 2006, Ms. Barstad was named co-chair of the Johnson & Johnson Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), an effort dedicated to increasing the number of women in leadership positions across the corporation and developing their leadership competencies.   She served as co-chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care and has been a board member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Foundation.  Ms. Barstad has served as a Blue and Gold Officer for the US Naval Academy, and serves on the Advisory Council for the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts for Auburn University. She has recently been elected to the Auburn University Foundation Board and is Chair of the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Women’s Advisory Board.

Ms. Barstad holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University and has completed the Senior Executive Development Program at Columbia University.

Last Updated: March 03, 2011