Bill Nielsen

Bill is recognized as one of the most distinguished public relations executives globally. For many years he was Corporate Vice President of Johnson & Johnson, among the world’s largest and most recognized health organizations with 200+ operating companies in 57 countries. As the chief Public Relations and Corporate Communications officer, he reported directly to Johnson & Johnson’s Chairman and CEO.

Bill led an eight-year public relations and advertising education program for the pharmaceutical industry, and a nationwide child injury prevention initiative, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, which reduced the annual rate of unintended injury and death among children by nearly 30 percent. He served two terms as president of the Arthur W. Page Society, the premier global organization for public relations industry executives, where he was inducted into its Hall of Fame.

He is a past chairman of The Seminar, chaired the board of the IPR, and served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Global Public Affairs Institute. He continues to serve on the Board of the Arthur W. Page Society and Committee of The Seminar, and is a member of The Wisemen, National Press Club, Foreign Press Association, and Public Relations Society of America. He won four PRSA Silver Anvils.

Bill is a Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Josephson Institute of Ethics, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and served on the Board of the Foundation of Children’s Hospital, National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He delivered a Distinguished Vernon C. Schranz Lecture at Ball State University.

A native of Sacramento, California, following graduation from Oregon State University, Bill served as a Public Information Officer in the US Air Force in Washington, DC, and Japan. He is married and the father of three daughters.