CEO Today USA Awards 2021

61 CEO of Abbott Laboratories About Robert Ford Robert Ford is Abbott’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for all of the company’s operating businesses; and Executive Vice President, Medical Devices, leading our Diabetes Care, Cardiovascular and Neuromodulation businesses. He joined Abbott’s Diagnostics division in 1996 as a Business Unit Manager in Diabetes Care. He subsequently held various positions of increasing responsibility for Abbott’s Diagnostics, Nutrition and Diabetes Care businesses. Mr. Ford earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree in business administration from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. About Abbott Laboratories In 1888, physician and drug store proprietor Dr. Wallace C. Abbott began producing accurate, scientifically formulated medications with the goal of providing more effective therapies to patients and the physicians providing their care. Under the pioneering leadership of Dr. Abbott, our company was among the founders of the scientific practice of pharmacy, expanding its business to meet rising global health needs by championing new areas of medical research. By continually entering new areas—both scientific and geographic—we’ve established a now long-standing tradition of helping people live healthier lives around the world. CREATING LIFE-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY From removing the regular pain of fingersticks as people manage their diabetes to connecting patients to doctors with real-time information monitoring their hearts, from easing chronic pain and movement disorders to testing half the world’s blood donations to ensure a healthy supply, our purpose is to make the world a better place by bringing life-changing health technologies to the people who need them. That’s our commitment to helping you live your best life. LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE, NOWAND IN THE FUTURE We understand that the first step to living your best life is good health. Everything we make is designed to help you do just that. That’s our commitment to building life-changing technologies that keep your heart healthy, nourish your body at every stage of life, help you feel and move better, and bring you information, medicines and breakthroughs to manage your health. ABBOTT AT A GLANCE We create breakthrough products – in diagnostics, medical devices, nutrition and branded generic pharmaceuticals – that help you, your family and your community lead healthier lives, full of unlimited possibilities. Today, 109,000 of us are working to make a lasting impact on health in the more than 160 countries we serve. AT OUR HEALTHIEST, WE CAN UNLOCK ALL THAT LIFE HAS TO OFFER Robert Ford I L LNO I S

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