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 Honorary Doctor of Business

Sherilyn McCoy Sherilyn McCoy '80

CEO, Avon Products, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Business

Sheri McCoy '80 was appointed last year as CEO of Avon Products, the world's largest direct seller and fifth-largest beauty company, where she oversees six million representatives working in more than 100 countries. She is one of just 21 female CEOs of a Fortune 500 company, and in 2011, Fortune ranked her as one of the "10 Most Powerful Women in Business."

McCoy joined Avon after 30 years with Johnson & Johnson, where as Vice Chairman she oversaw the 60,000 employees of that company's Pharmaceutical, Consumer, Corporate Office of Science & Technology, and Information Technology divisions. Prior to that, she served in a number of leadership roles including Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals Group from 2009 to 2011; Worldwide Chairman, Surgical Care Group from 2008 to 2009; and Company Group Chairman and Worldwide Franchise Chairman of Ethicon, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, from 2005 to 2008. Earlier in her career she was Global President of the Baby and Wound Care franchise, and she served as Vice President, Marketing for a variety of global brands and as Vice President, Research & Development for the Personal Products Worldwide Division.

McCoy is a scientist who holds five patents. As a community leader, she advises FIRST, a non-profit organization created to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology, and serves as a member of the Rutgers University President's Business Leaders Cabinet and board member of Stonehill College.

A native of Quincy, Mass., McCoy earned her BS in Textile Chemistry from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1980, her MS from Princeton and MBA from Rutgers.