John Damonti, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Cancer (Central and Eastern Europe); hepatitis (Asia); HIV/AIDS (Africa)

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PROFILE: Like many corporate foundation executives, John Damonti has job titles and responsibilities on both the business and charitable sides of his employer's operations. At the multi-national pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, Damonti is the Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy, where he strategizes on how the company that employs him can best align its corporate mission with philanthropic causes. But at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, a purely charitable endeavor that makes about $28 million in grants each year, Damonti is the President, leading the foundation's work and its support for health-related projects around the world. His foundation bio shares: 

John Damonti is the President of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation as well as Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy and Patient Assistance at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a global bio-pharmaceutical Company.

John has more than 25 years of experience working in the areas of health policy, government affairs and corporate social responsibility. He received his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in 1985. In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree also from Fordham University.

John began his career as Manager of Contributions and Community Relations for Mutual of New York. He was also Director of the Primerica Foundation (now part of Citigroup) and before joining Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1991, served as Director of State Government Relations for Ciba-Geigy Corporation (now Novartis).