Edward J. Ludwig ’75
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Becton Dickinson and Company (BD)
Edward J. Ludwig is the former chairman of the board, president, and CEO of Becton, Dickinson, and Company (BD), a global medical technology firm headquartered in Franklin Lakes, NJ.
Mr. Ludwig joined BD in 1979 and served as CFO from 1995 to 1999. He was named president of the company in May 1999, CEO in January 2000, and was elected chairman in February 2002. He served as CEO through September 2011 and chairman through June 2012. During his tenure as CEO, BD more than doubled its revenues, more than tripled its net income, and nearly tripled its market capitalization.
Prior to joining BD, Mr. Ludwig worked as a senior auditor with Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he earned his CPA, and as a financial and strategic analyst at Kidde, Inc.
Mr. Ludwig is a member of the board of trustees of both the College of the Holy Cross and the Hackensack University Health Network. He also serves on board of directors of Project HOPE, an organization dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health crises. In the corporate arena, Mr. Ludwig serves as lead director on Aetna’s board of directors, chairing its finance committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of Xylem, Inc., a leading global water technology provider that launched in 2011 from a spinoff of the water-related businesses of ITT Corporation.
Mr. Ludwig is a former chairman of the board of directors of AdvaMed, the world’s largest medical technology association, and a past chair of the health advisory board for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Mr. Ludwig graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a BA in economics and accounting and received his MBA Columbia Business School.