2014 UW Honorary Citation Report – Saleki-Gerhardt

Citation recipient Azita Saleki-Gerhardt with Dean Steve Swanson

Citation recipient Azita Saleki-Gerhardt (left) with Dean Steve Swanson (right)

Industrial scientist Azita Saleki-Gerhardt is a highly effective business leader in the global bio-pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, with extensive expertise in pharmaceutical development, manufacturing technology, quality and business unit/function management. She is a recognized thought leader in the drug development/review process and an expert in regulatory compliance. Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt received a BS degree in Pharmacy in 1988; later earning an MS in 1991 in Pharmaceutics and a PhD in 1993, also in Pharmaceutics. All three degrees were earned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1993 she joined Abbott Laboratories as a Research Scientist in the Drug Product Development Division. She subsequently rose through the ranks to become President of Abbott Global Pharmaceutical Operations in 2011. In 2013, coinciding with Abbott’s “spin-off” of its new drug discovery and development activities into Abbvie Laboratories, Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt was appointed Corporate Senior Vice President and President of all Operations. In this position she is responsible for 13 global manufacturing sites and two worldwide distribution centers, 6,500 employees, annual purchasing totaling more than $6 billion dollars and a network of more than 2,000 suppliers. She has received numerous Abbott Chairman of the Board and Presidential Awards for her scientific and technological leadership in addressing important project issues.  As a volunteer, Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt serves as a member of the Lake County, Illinois, United Way Board of Directors, and served from 2006-2012 as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council and Children’s Health Committee for the Lake County United Way.