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John L. Damonti

John Damonti is the president of the Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) Foundation and is vice president of Corporate Philanthropy and Patient Assistance for the Bristol Myers Squibb Company, a global biopharmaceutical Company.       

Mr. Damonti has more than 30 years of experience working in the areas of health policy, government affairs and social responsibility. The mission of the BMS Foundation is to seek innovative approaches to reducing health disparities by strengthening community-based healthcare worker capacity, medical care and community-based supportive services, and by mobilizing communities to fight disease.  

He began his career as manager of Community and Government Relations for Mutual of New York. He was also director of the Primerica Foundation (formerly part of Citigroup) and, before joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, served as director of State Government Relations for Ciba-Geigy Corporation (now Novartis).     

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Damonti serves as a member of the Board of the New Academy of Medicine, where he also is a Fellow, and on the advisory boards of Seeds of Africa and NOMI Network.