Abbott (ticker: ABT, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Abbott Appoints Laura J. Schumacher Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT)
today announced the promotion of Laura J. Schumacher to senior vice president,
secretary and general counsel, succeeding Jose M. de Lasa, who is retiring at
the end of March.
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In her new position Schumacher, 41, will report to Miles D. White,
chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. Previously, Schumacher was vice
president, secretary and deputy general counsel.
"Laura is an outstanding lawyer and has established herself as a key
member of our leadership team," said Mr. White. "Laura's experience and
counsel will serve the company well in this increasingly complex legal and
Schumacher joined Abbott in 1990 as an attorney in the litigation
department and held various positions, including divisional vice president,
litigation. Prior to joining Abbott, Schumacher was an associate attorney
with the law firm Schiff, Hardin & Waite in Chicago. She earned a bachelor's
degree in business administration/marketing from the University of Notre Dame
and a juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
"We thank Jose for a decade of outstanding service to Abbott," said Mr.
White. "Not only did he make significant contributions to the company, Jose
was also a pioneer in community service. Among his achievements, he
established a successful pro bono network of attorneys to help immigrants
Jose de Lasa, 63, joined Abbott in 1994 as senior vice president,
secretary and general counsel. Prior to that he was vice president, secretary
and associate general counsel for Bristol Myers-Squibb Co.
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the
discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and
medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The
company employs more than 60,000 people and markets its products in more than
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