Azita Saleki-Gerhardt

SVP and President Operations




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Azita Saleki-Gerhardt is President, AbbVie Operations, leading a team of scientific, engineering, business, quality, supply chain, security, purchasing and manufacturing professionals responsible for supply and distribution of all AbbVie products, as well as a number of corporate services.

Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt joined Abbott in 1993 as a Research Scientist. Over her 20-year career with Abbott, she worked in key positions in science and technology, manufacturing, and quality assurance. Her roles included Director of Technical Operations for international pharmaceutical and hospital products and Divisional Vice President, Manufacturing Science and Technology, where she led technical support for commercially marketed pharmaceutical products. She was Divisional Vice President, Quality, Global Pharmaceutical Operations, responsible for the quality of Abbott’s portfolio of global biological, chemical and pharmaceutical products prior to being named President, Global Pharmaceutical Operations for Abbott, where she held responsibility for the supply chain, quality, manufacturing and distribution of Abbott’s proprietary pharmaceutical products. Following the separation of Abbott and AbbVie, Dr. Saleki- Gerhardt became President, AbbVie Operations.

She has been published in a number of scientific publications and has been awarded several patents related to pharmaceutical sciences.

Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt is a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Lake County. She is the chair for Global Quality and Manufacturing (GQMC) Committee for PhRMA. Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Boards for the School of International Studies and School of Pharmacy at UW-Madison.

She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in pharmaceutics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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