Global Director, Office and Road Safety
Board Member company since 2008
Gabriel Kardos is the Global Director of Office and Road Safety at Johnson & Johnson where he partners with global business, fleet and office safety leaders including EHS&S campus leads and their operational teams to support the health and safety of field and office-based employees.
Gabriel began his 21-year Johnson & Johnson career in 1997 as an Office Operations and Project Manager. Working across sectors in Shared Services, he administered all aspects of office facility operations at the Hungarian Johnson & Johnson affiliate while spearheading the company’s new office and warehouse relocation project.
In 2000, Gabriel was appointed to Fleet Safety Manager EMEA providing support to numerous regional country fleet safety teams with over 13,600 drivers. In 2005 Gabriel took on additional EHS&S responsibilities becoming the Office Health & Safety Program Coordinator and the Six Sigma EMEA Coordinator. In 2013 Gabriel became the Senior Fleet Safety Manager for EMEA with additional responsibility for the Asia Pacific region. He successfully promoted a diverse and inclusive work environment engaging, inspiring and motivating 37 indirect fleet safety regional team leaders in more than 55 countries. Gabriel has a passion for ensuring employees arrive home safely to their families each day and is known as a highly customer-oriented individual collaborating across Johnson & Johnson operating groups and global regions.
While at J&J, under Gabriel’s leadership, the first ever comprehensive EMEA Fleet Safety benchmarking study was initiated with over 28 companies from the Pharmaceutical, Consumer and Medical sectors. The benchmarking study went from a regional EMEA study to that of a global one in nature. The benchmarking group is now active under the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) on which Gabriel sits as a Board Member. He is also an active member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and has been passionately involved in fleet safety related CSR projects in South Africa and Vietnam in support of the Decade of Action for Road safety working to protect children from road traffic injury. Gabriel also sat on the editing committee of Project Committee 241 as the Canadian Chairman for ISO 39001 Road Traffic Safety Management systems and was one of the many stakeholders bringing ISO 39001 to fruition.
Gabriel is based in Hungary where he lives with his wife and two children. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from McMaster University in Canada. He also holds a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.