Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 – 2016

Ann Meeker-O’Connell/Johnson & Johnson

As the senior director of bioresearch quality and compliance at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Ann Meeker-O’Connell oversees a global quality and compliance program for good clinical, laboratory, and pharmacovigilance practices.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Ann worked with the Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, where she led agency initiatives related to innovative models for clinical trial conduct and oversight in order to expedite delivery of safe and effective medical products to patients in need. She received her bachelors in biological anthropology and anatomy and a master of science in pharmacology from Duke University, in Durham, NC.

Growing up, she says, she remembers being confused about her Irish surname, though now laughs about it. “When I was young, my dad would often refer to my mom as ‘Mama O’Meagher’,”she says. “This was confusing – wasn’t our last name Meeker?”

Ann’s brother traced their family roots to Co. Down and Co. Tyrone, and her sense of connection to Ireland was only heightened when she married her husband, Sean O’Connell. “I love visiting Ireland and hearing ‘welcome back’ when I go through immigration, and walking down O’Connell Street in Dublin, imagining that my husband’s ancestors might have done the same.”