Tom Polen is the President of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company with ~$12 billion in annual revenue and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Mr. Polen oversees BD’s two business segments, BD Medical and BD Life Sciences, which comprise seven business units. He serves as a member of the BD Management Committee, is a senior faculty member of the Center for BD Leadership, and brings a strong track-record across the diagnostic, medical device and pharmaceutical industries.
Mr. Polen joined BD in 1999, after experience in growing an early phase start-up which was subsequently purchased by BD. In 1999 to 2004 he held a variety of sales and marketing positions with increasing responsibility in the BD Bioscience and BD Diagnostics Systems businesses. In 2004, Mr. Polen joined Baxter Healthcare where he last served as General Manager of Baxter’s Global Pharmaceutical Injectables business. Previously at Baxter, Tom held roles leading their pharmaceutical manufacturing and services business and as Vice President of Strategic Marketing. While at Baxter, he was named among Chicago’s top 40 leaders under 40. In 2009, Tom rejoined BD as President, BD Preanalytical Systems. He assumed the role of President, BD Diagnostics Systems from 2010 to 2013 and from 2013 to 2014 served as Group President, responsible for the BD Medical Surgical Systems and BD Pharmaceutical Systems business units. In October, 2014 Mr. Polen was named Segment President, BD Medical and was subsequently involved in leading the $12B acquisition of CareFusion. Through his series of assignments, Mr. Polen has worked in or had responsibility for all businesses in the company.
Mr. Polen serves on the Board of Directors for the Valley Healthcare Medical Group and is an active benefactor and volunteer for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, as well as a number of national and local associations committed to helping patients with Breast Cancer. He is a frequent industry speaker on strategy, innovation and portfolio management.
Mr. Polen is a Fellow at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University; and BS from the University of Maryland.