Keynote: Delivering Excellence While Navigating Transition

  • Highlighting how operations and manufacturing can think differently to pivot for crises and global events
  • Preparing for M&A opportunities and adapting for a changing business model
  • Discussing the importance of equity, leadership and people as catalysts of culture and change within the industry as we work to serve patients better

Azita Saleki-Gerhardt
EVP, Operations

Dr. Azita Saleki-Gerhardt is Executive Vice President, Operations, at AbbVie, 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. She has worked in key leadership positions of increasing responsibility across a broad range of areas, including science and technology, manufacturing and quality assurance. Following AbbVie’s separation from Abbott, Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt was appointed head of 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 Entegris and also serves on the board of directors at the United Way of Lake County. She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Boards for the School of International Studies and School of Pharmacy at UW-Madison. At AbbVie, she is the executive chair of the Asian Leadership Employee Resource Group.

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