Maria Luisa Manzo


Senior Director Government Affairs, Mexico


Johnson & Johnson, Corporate


In her actual cross sector role she is focused on the implementation of Government Affairs and Policy Strategies in response to a rapidly changing health system in Mexico, while simultaneously working closely with the local business leaders in developing and deploying policies and programs that have business  growth impact. She teams with Health Economics, Marketing, Access and Communication to shape the external environment.

She created a Cross Sector Council  among the three J&J companies, in search of new business opportunities and resources optimization

Maria Luisa started at Johnson & Johnson Medical Mexico in 1998, developed a series of new positions; in government sales (bidding process), reimbursement, regulatory affairs and quality  compliance; as a result of her work in HE and Reimbursement, she gave access for the first time to Depuy at the public market, she initiated activities focused on facilitating negotiation of the company with key public health care authorities and on the coordination of the  company participation with the industry chambers.

She created the Mexican Association of Medical Devices of Innovation, she is an active member of the Pharmaceutical Industry Association of Innovation in Mexico (AMIIF), is the Grant Coordinator of  J&J Contributions Committee and was also key in the foundation of the Mexican Wellness  Council.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Maria Luisa developed an extensive experience as a national TV commentator and presenter for Television Azteca, in news programs,  reporting on a variety of public topics. She was a Special Reporter for the Seoul and Barcelona Olympic Games and was the first Mexican woman to report in an Olympic Opening Ceremony. She also was for 10 years the main commentator of a TV program entitled “Consumer Magazine” of the Office of the Federal Prosecutor for the Consumer (PROFECO).

Maria Luisa Manzo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, a Minor in Business Administration at ITAM and  a Minor in Lobby Strategies & Legislative Process at Universidad Iberoamericana.