President and Founder
Mead Johnson and Company
Edward Mead Johnson changed the landscape of local business when he brought Mead Johnson & Company, the nutrition company he established after leaving Johnson & Johnson, to Evansville in 1915. He had travelled throughout the region, searching for the perfect place to relocate his business from New Jersey. Fortunately, Evansville was the last stop of his journey, and he discovered that the city had everything he needed, including access to corn and an eager, skilled workforce.
Johnson's impact on the health and well-being of Americans is immeasurable, from the development of a life-saving infant feeding product to creating a standardized product to combat a devastating bone disease. Today, the company he founded has helped countless infants, especially those who require specialized nutrition. Though he died in 1934, the company he founded remains loyal to the ideals he established a century ago.
In 1927, Johnson -- often called a pioneer, a leader, and a friend -- donated a building and equipment for the Evansville Public Health Nursing Association, which was a forerunner of today’s Visiting Nurse Association. In doing so, he also required that the gift remain anonymous throughout his life. Johnson's charitable donations earned him the first Evansville Rotary Club Civic Award in 1927. The impact of Mead Johnson and its parent company Bristol-Myers Squibb provided millions of dollars of support to area non-profit organizations, including The United Way, educational institutions, hospitals, and other philanthropic causes. Mead Johnson split from Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1999.