Former CTO, Johnson & Johnson Familyof Consumer Companies
Neal Matheson is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, a role he held previously from 1994–2007. Since his return in July 2012, Neal has helped to map the path forward for the global RD&E function as it embarks on a new course to drive growth and high-value innovation.
Between 2007 and his return to the Consumer Group, Neal was based in London as CTO and Head of the New Business Unit at Unilever PLC. His primary focus was to deliver new technologies to accelerate growth. While at Unilever, Neal reorganized the Discover part of R&D with a clear focus on longer-term technology development, big technologies (Genesis), and transfer to Category Design teams. He was also responsible for identifying and progressing new business opportunities for the New Business Board, and he was accountable for the open innovation and patent-critical functional capabilities.
Prior to Unilever, Neal spent 13 years as CTO of the Consumer Group, where he helped achieve consistent above-market growth by introducing innovations across the portfolio. In particular, his contributions helped grow the Skin Care category from a relatively small business into a multi-billion dollar leader. Neal was also responsible for the Baby, Women’s Health, Oral Care, Wound Care and OTC categories, as well as for professional Skin Care, Engineering and Quality Assurance.
Neal began his career at Procter & Gamble, where he spent more than 20 years and led R&D for most categories, with the exception of Food. Neal became P&G’s first R&D leader for Beauty Care, laying the technical foundations for the vibrant growth of the Hair Care and Skin Care categories.
Throughout his career, Neal has been a champion of not only innovation but also people development, taking pride in helping more than 60 colleagues advance to the vice president level.
Neal was born in Canada and received his degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University. He holds dual citizenship with the United States. Neal and his wife, Roberta, now live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They are lovers of travel and art, and are self-proclaimed foodies. They have raised three adult children and recently became proud grandparents of their first grandson.