The Associated Press June 25, 2010, 4:16PM ET

Former J&J Chairman, CEO Sellars dies at age 94

Johnson & Johnson said Friday former Chairman and CEO Richard B. Sellars, who led the company in the mid 1970s, has died. He was 94.

Johnson & Johnson, the world's biggest maker of health care products, said Sellars started working for its sales force in 1939 and was elected to the company's board of directors in 1950. He became president of Johnson & Johnson International in 1970 and then became chairman and CEO of the whole company in 1973.

He retired from those positions in 1976 and but served as chairman of J&J's finance committee until his retirement from the company in 1979.

Sellars became a trustee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1981 and served the philanthropic organization for 15 years.

The Worcester, Mass., native was born Sept. 9, 1915. He attended American International College and Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., but he did not earn a degree from either school, J&J said.


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