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John W. Culligan

American Home Products

1981 - 1986


Military ServiceArmy
1980 b. 1916
Born-Died1916 - 2004
BirthplaceNew Jersey (NJ)
Era - 1980

Culligan capped off a 49-year career with American Home Products as its CEO from 1981 to 1986. During his tenure he doubled AHP’s research & development budget, building a pipeline of 24 new drugs and 48 new drug applications. Despite the heavy focus on research spending, Culligan continued AHP’s 20-year run of 30%+ return on shareholders’ equity performance.