Tom Polen serves as chief executive officer and president of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. He also leads the BD Executive Leadership Team.

Polen joined BD in 1999, after growing an early phase start-up that was subsequently purchased by BD. From 1999 to 2004, he held a variety of sales and marketing positions with increasing responsibility, in BD Biosciences and BD Diagnostics Systems.

In 2004, Polen joined Baxter Healthcare, where he led the pharmaceutical manufacturing and services business before assuming the role of vice president of Strategic Marketing. He was later promoted to general manager of Baxter’s Injectable Pharmaceuticals business. During his tenure at Baxter, Polen was named among Chicago’s top 40 leaders under 40, by Crain’s Chicago Business.

In 2009, Polen rejoined BD as president of BD Preanalytical Systems. He assumed the role of president of BD Diagnostics Systems from 2010 to 2013, and later served as group president, responsible for BD Medical Surgical Systems and BD Pharmaceutical Systems. In 2014, Polen was named segment president, BD Medical, where he led the $12 billion acquisition of CareFusion in 2015, the company’s expansion into informatics and digital health solutions and the $24 billion acquisition of C. R. Bard, Inc. in 2017. Following the Bard acquisition, Polen was named president and chief operating officer in 2017 where he was responsible for the company’s three business segments – Medical, Life Sciences and Interventional, as well as Research and Development, Innovation, Operations and the commercial organization of the company’s Americas Region.

Polen 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 earned his bachelor’s degree from the Salisbury University of Maryland and a master’s degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins University.

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