Joseph Papa

Joseph Papa has more than 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, health care and specialty pharmaceutical industries, including more than 20 years of branded prescription drug experience. In July 2022, he stepped down as chair of Bausch + Lomb’s Board and will remain CEO until his successor is appointed. Prior to Bausch + Lomb, Mr. Papa had led various organizations, including Bausch Health formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Perrigo, and the Cardinal Health PTS business, as Chairman and CEO separately during the period of two decades. In 2014, he was ranked 47 on Harvard Business Review’s “Best Performing CEOs in the World”. His track record for leadership continued as he served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Watson Pharmaceuticals (2001-2004), President of Global Country Operations for Pharmacia’s North American business (2000-2001), and President of Searle’s US Operations (1997-2000). During his 15-year career at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, he and his teams successfully launched the pharmaceutical products Lotrel ® , Divovan ® , and Celebrex ® . Mr. Papa currently serves on the Board of Prometheus Biosciences and had been a previous member of the Boards for the UConn Foundation and Smith & Nephew.