Alex Gorsky (AP Images)

J&J's Alex Gorsky set to step away from CEO role, hand­ing the reins to Covid-19 czar Joaquin Du­a­to

Alex Gorsky, the CEO whose nine-year tenure at J&J was marred by law­suits over the com­pa­ny’s talc ba­by pow­der and opi­oids, will step away from his role in Jan­u­ary in fa­vor of Joaquin Du­a­to, the vice chair­man of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and the man tasked with lead­ing the com­pa­ny’s Covid-19 re­sponse.

Gorsky will take the ex­ec­u­tive chair­man role on Jan. 3, J&J said in a re­lease. In an in­ter­view with the Wall Street Jour­nal, Gorsky said he was mak­ing the move due to “health is­sues.”

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