Leia Akre is a Chemical Engineer that has taken a nontraditional career path with roles in Quality and Process Engineering supporting manufacturing of cell phones and fighter jets before joining Johnson & Johnson. At Johnson & Johnson, Leia is currently Director of Supplier Quality where she manages and improves reliability with suppliers of active ingredients, chemicals, and materials used in biologic and vaccine manufacture. She joined Johnson & Johnson 15 years ago at the Neutrogena plant and has taken on roles of increasing responsibility during that time. In Supplier Quality she builds relationships with strategic suppliers and fosters continuous improvement in production of materials that go into almost every Johnson & Johnson product from Personal Care brands like Aveeno, Listerine, and Clean & Clear, Over the Counter Drugs like Tylenol and Zyrtec, Medical Devices like Acuvue contact lenses and sutures, Pharmaceutical Products that treat conditions like cancer, HIV, diabetes, and high blood pressure and the COVID vaccine candidate.
Leia grew up in Southern California, earning her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California, San Diego. She moved from San Diego to Los Angeles and then to New Jersey in her career and has had the opportunity to travel all over the United States and internationally for business. She currently lives near Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, Rob, children, Weston (9) and Kaitlyn (7), and enormous puppy Crosby. When she’s not working, she enjoys exercising by riding the Peloton or walking the dog, puzzles, cross-stitching, crafting, and playing games with her kids.