Business leader Heffernan Heisen retired in June 2008 from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) after 19 years in senior leadership. She joined J&J in 1989 as assistant treasurer and the corporation's first investor relations officer. In 1991, Heffernan Heisen was named treasurer and became the first female officer of the company. In 1995, she was named corporate controller and in 1997, was appointed vice president, chief information officer and a member of and the first woman to serve on the J&J Executive Committee. She became the company's first chief global diversity officer in 2006. Prior to joining J&J in 1989, Heffernan Heisen was vice president, Corporate Affairs, and a member of the Executive Committee at Primerica Corporation. Previously she served as chief financial officer for Kenmill Textile Corporation and as a second vice president and commercial lending officer with The Chase Manhattan Bank.
Heffernan Heisen is a member of the board of directors of the Vanguard Group, Inc., and its more than 160 mutual funds. She is a member of the advisory board of The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the Economic Club of New York, the board of trustees for the University Medical Center at Princeton and the co-chair of the Design for Healing Campaign, which is raising funds for a new $440 million state-of-the-art hospital. Heffernan Heisen also serves as director of the Center for Work-Life Policy and is on the advisory board of Rutgers' Institute for Women's Leadership. She is past president of the Financial Women's Association of New York, an honoree of the Princeton YWCA's 1995 Tribute to Women in Industry and the recipient of the 1996 Johnson & Johnson Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Award. In 2005, Heffernan Heisen received the first Jill Ker Conway Women in Business Leadership Award, presented by Smith College. In l994, she received Syracuse University's Distinguished Alumni Award and, in 1998, Marymount Manhattan College's Women in Urban Leadership Award.