Denice Marie Torres


Denice Marie Torres



Denice Marie Torres was born in Gary, Indiana. She grew up in the Gary-Merrillville-Crown Point region of northern Indiana and graduated from Merrillville’s Andrean High School in 1977. Later that fall she enrolled at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, where she received a basketball scholarship. When she hurt her knee at the end of her freshman year, she decided to transfer to Ball State University, where she received her B.S. in Psychology in 1981. She then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received her JD in 1984.

After law school, Torres joined a Michigan firm that specialized in worker’s compensation and medical malpractice, before deciding that she wanted to work in a more team-oriented environment. She spent the next few years as an Account Executive for a marketing and advertising agency before deciding to enroll at the University of Michigan Business School. She graduated with her MBA in 1990.

After business school, Torres was hired by the Eli Lilly Company and spent the next 14 years with the pharmaceutical company in a variety of positions of increasing responsibilities. In 2007 she became the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) biosurgery division. Two years later she became President of J&J’s Jannsen Pharmaceuticals, followed by five years as President of J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare. In 2015 she became J&J’s Chief Strategy and Business Transformation Officers.

Since 2017, Torres has served as the CEO of The Ignited Company, a management consulting firm that specialized in identifying and igniting strengths and opportunities of individuals and companies. Additionally, Torres serves on the board of directors of Wyeli, a company specializing in artificial intelligence, and the Midland Foundation, a nonprofit that serves the needs of children and adults with special needs.

Torres is a nationally known speaker who has received many honors and awards, including being named Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association in 2015. Denice M. Torres was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2018.


Maurer Alumni, Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, Johnson & Johnson


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