PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J. – The Market Performance Group announces the passing of Rhonda Johnson after a brief battle with metastatic melanoma. Rhonda was a respected and dynamic consumer packaged goods (CPG) and healthcare leader who held senior executive positions with companies that include Market Performance Group (MPG), Merck Consumer Care, McNeil Nutritionals and Johnson & Johnson. However, she often said her biggest success in life was her children, Cassidy and Alec, whom she adored.
Rhonda is survived by her husband, Tim and her children, daughter Cassidy and son Alec. In addition, she leaves behind her father Roger Michael, and sisters Cheryl (Anthony) Ferraro and Toni (John) Kuczynski. She is predeceased by her mother, Lois Michael. Rhonda was thrilled for her children’s upcoming weddings that will add Noah Ellis (Cassidy) and Nicole Piccillo (Alec) to her beloved family. Rhonda loved and enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved being at the beach with family and friends, toes in the sand searching for her treasured sea glass. She was a generous, good-hearted, free-spirited person who will be missed by all those she has touched.
Over her career, Rhonda was recognized for her many achievements, including the “Top Women in Industry” Award in 2008. She was highly active in industry organizations and most recently served as Chair Emeritus of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She was a member of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and served on its Executive Retail Advisory Board. She was also a member of the Network of Executive Women.
“We are so deeply saddened to lose Rhonda; she was a beloved member of our MPG family and leaves behind a significant legacy. An outstanding business leader, inspiring mentor, and close friend to so many in the industry. She will be remembered for her incredible passion, loyalty, and the commitment that she always brought to her clients and to her team,” said Marc Greenberger, MPG Founder and Managing Partner.
Rhonda joined MPG in 2015 as Executive Vice President and Client Lead, and ultimately went on to lead Business Development. During her tenure, she built strong relationships and drove exceptional business results for companies in health & wellness, beauty & personal care, and food & beverage, as well as for private equity firms and their operating companies.
Before joining MPG, Rhonda served as Chief Customer Officer, U.S. Region, of Merck Consumer Care, a division of Merck & Co., and led all facets of the U.S. commercial go-to-market organization as well as Global Enterprise Capability strategies.Earlier, she served as Vice President of Sales at McNeil Nutritionals, where she led U.S. sales and customer solutions. She also held several leadership positions for J&J and served on the company’s U.S. operating and global management boards.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in memory of Rhonda to the American Cancer Society/Melanoma Research Alliance, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Popcorn Park Animal Refuge, Lacy Township, NJ. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.