EVP, external affairs, general counsel, and corporate secretary, AbbVie

By Rick Gonzalez, chairman of the board and CEO, AbbVie

Laura embodies the drive and passion that have made AbbVie one of the world’s most innovative biopharma companies.

Laura and I have worked together for many years in a variety of roles, and now she leads AbbVie’s external-facing functions of comms, government affairs, health economics and outcomes research, and legal.

Laura guides a team of more than 400 people charged with fulfilling AbbVie’s mission to drive innovation, improve health outcomes, and have an impact on patients’ lives.

In the five short years since AbbVie’s separation from Abbott Laboratories, she has been integral in helping build AbbVie’s organizational structure, brand identity, and corporate culture.

She has been instrumental in creating a culture of giving by empowering employees to give back to their communities through our annual week of volunteerism. In 2018, Laura spearheaded AbbVie’s additional $350 million in charitable donations.


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