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Former Johnson & Johnson exec newest ethicist in residence

Retired corporate vice president Roger Fine discusses role in reviving company after Tylenol scare

03/03/05

Roger Fine, general counsel for Johnson & Johnson and the second ethicist in residence at the Williams College of Business, is giving a public lecture on Monday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center.

Fine’s presentation is titled "The Johnson & Johnson Credo: The Soul of this Fortune 50 Company." Fine joined Johnson & Johnson as general attorney in 1974 and, among other contributions, played a role in the decision to pull Tylenol off the shelf following the tampering scare of 1982.

During his visit, Fine is also speaking to several classes and participating in discussions with the college's faculty and staff.

Fine joined Johnson & Johnson as a general attorney in 1974 and was named assistant general counsel in 1978 and associate general counsel in 1984. One of his many accomplishments at Johnson & Johnson was his role in the decision to pull Tylenol from the shelves following the tampering case. By the time he retired in March 2004, he was corporate vice president and general counsel for Johnson & Johnson. Throughout his years with the company, his responsibilities included human resources, health and safety, environmental affairs, corporate purchasing, quality assurance, construction and engineering.

Fine earned a law degree from the New York University School of Law, where he also served as an editor of the Law Review.

Roger Boisjoly, technical troubleshooter for Morton Thiokol on the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Program, was the center’s first ethicist in residence in 2004.

This event is sponsored by the Williams College of Business Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, the Ethics/Religion and Society program and the Edward B. Brueggeman center for dialogue.

For more information please log on to www.xavier.edu/business_ethics.

To R.S.V.P. please contact Donna Waymire at 513 745-2927 or at waymire@xavier.edu.