Stephen Rivera, CPA

Stephen Rivera, Vice President, Global Technical Accounting Advisory Service & Policy at Johnson & Johnson's, joined the company in April 2005. He ensures J&J's worldwide accounting compliance in R&D collaborations, business combinations, and similar types of investments, while providing guidance in technical accounting and accounting policy issues. He also interfaces with J&J's external accountants on the issues of transactions that cross over the company's three major segments–Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices & Diagnostic, and Consumers. Prior to joining J&J, Mr. Rivera began his career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand in 1984. In 1990, he joined General Public Utilities as manager of the accounting research department. He joined AT&T in 1993, which in 1994 spun off Lucent, where he was the Senior Manager of Financial Reporting. In 2000, he joined Aventis Pharmaceuticals as the Finance Director, responsible for US GAAP reporting and technical accounting issues. In 2004, he joined Dendrite International as the Assistant Corporate Controller, overseeing the accounting and reporting groups. He has always had a significant role interfacing with external accountants for accounting and reporting matters. He is also a frequent speaker on revenue recognition as he has been part of the Revenue Working Group created by CCR-FEI when the standard was first draft. He is also active in chairing the Accounting and Financial Reporting subcommittees of the PhRMA and Device industry groups and a member of CCR-FEI.