New addition to BSI board strengthens healthcare capabilities


26 August 2009

BSI Group, the global standards and assessment provider, announces the appointment of non-executive board member, Thomas M. Gorrie, Board Trustee to the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President. He is also a Trustee of Duke University, North Carolina, and chairs their Health System. Dr Gorrie will take up his position at BSI on 1st September 2009.

Dr Gorrie, who trained as a chemist and gained a Ph.D. from Princeton University, built an illustrious international career over 35 years with Johnson and Johnson, mainly in the medical devices industry. He had responsibility for numerous businesses, especially in the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe and China. He held several senior posts with the corporation between 1993 and 2008, latterly serving as Corporate Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy, where he was in charge of US federal and state and international government relations.

In the early 1990s Dr Gorrie was president of McNeil Specialty Products Company, a division of Johnson and Johnson, where he oversaw the successful development and launch of sucralose. Dr Gorrie has published 11 articles in scientific journals, has two product patents to his name, and has co-edited a book.

BSI has a developing portfolio of clients in the medical devices field, providing global certification of high-risk, complex products with brand leadership in cardiovascular and orthopaedic implants. It is the leading Notified Body for Medical Devices in both the US and UK. Dr Gorrie’s expertise in this field, which includes personally overseeing the inception-to-market process, is expected to make a significant contribution to BSI’s influence in this arena.

Tom Gorrie said, “I am delighted to join BSI at this exciting phase in the development of their healthcare business. The capability of BSI is well-recognized throughout the global healthcare market. I believe that my experience can be put to good use in accelerating BSI’s offering in this vibrant sector.”

Sir David John, Chairman of the BSI Board, said, “Tom Gorrie joins BSI at an important time for the organization. Our existing portfolio of clients in the area of medical devices testing is burgeoning, with new services currently in development. Tom offers a high level of expertise in this field which will prove invaluable to both the Board and the management team at BSI.”

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Lucy Fulton
Public Relations Officer, BSI
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About BSI

BSI is a global independent business services organization that inspires confidence and delivers assurance to over 80,000 customers with standards-based solutions. Originating as the world’s first national standards body, BSI has over 2,300 staff operating in over 120 countries through more than 50 global offices. BSI’s key offerings are:

• The development and sale of private, national and international standards and supporting information that promote and share best practice
• Second and third-party management systems assessment and certification in all critical areas of management disciplines
• Testing and certification of services and products for Kitemark and CE marking to UK, European and International standards. BSI is a Notified Body for 17 New Approach EU Directives
• Certification of high-risk, complex medical devices
• Performance management software solutions
• Training services in support of standards implementation and business best practice.

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