Giovanni Caforio, M.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Giovanni Caforio serves as chief operating officer with responsibility for leading a fully integrated worldwide commercial organization and the company-wide functions of Enterprise Services and Global Manufacturing & Supply. In June 2014, Giovanni was elected to the company’s Board of Directors. He most recently served as the company’s chief commercial officer.
Giovanni is passionate about bringing innovative new medicines to patients and is excited by the promise of the company’s pipeline. “Having the opportunity to improve people’s health is why a lot of us have chosen to be in the pharmaceutical industry.”
As a leader, Giovanni’s focus is on developing talented leaders with the diverse experiences and competencies needed for the continued success of the company. “My priority is to help the organization successfully bring our innovative portfolio of medicines to patients, while at the same time ensuring we are prepared to best meet the challenges that are ahead of us,” Giovanni said.
Giovanni joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2000 as vice president and general manager, Italy, in the Worldwide Medicines Group. In 2001, he assumed added responsibility for Greece and Israel, and then all of South East Europe in 2003. In 2004, he was appointed senior vice president, European Marketing and Brand Commercialization. In 2007, he was named senior vice president, U.S. Oncology. In 2010, he was named senior vice president, Global Commercialization, Oncology and Immunology, before becoming president, U.S., in 2011. In 2013, he was named chief commercial officer. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Giovanni spent 12 years with Abbott Laboratories in a number of leadership positions. Born and educated in Italy, Giovanni received his M.D. from the University of Rome. In addition to Italian and English, he is fluent in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and two young children.