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Gallery of Leaders

Building and Leading a Global Enterprise

The story of Pfizer's leadership in the 19th, 20th and now 21st centuries reflects the growth of the company from an entrepreneurial venture in a young America to a global enterprise now spanning the world.

Throughout its history, Pfizer's hallmarks have been resourceful leadership and an industrious, innovative workforce. Remarkably, only twelve people have served Pfizer as chief executive, a record of stability matched by few organizations. These leaders, and the thousands of dedicated Pfizer colleagues who demonstrate leadership in diverse disciplines and operations, have driven the company to the top of the industry.

This section highlights the accomplishments of these twelve outstanding Pfizer leaders, whose careers provide a vivid account of the company's remarkable growth, enlarged scope, and achievements spanning parts of the three centuries.

Ian Read, Chief Executive Officer

Ian Read
Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey B. Kindler

Jeffrey B. Kindler
Chief Executive Officer (2006 - 2010)
Chairman of the Board (2006 - 2010)

Henry A. McKinnell, Jr. Ph.D.

Henry A. McKinnell, Jr., Ph.D.
President (1999 - 2001)
Chief Executive Officer (2001 - 2006)
Chairman of the Board (2001 - 2006)

William C. Steere, Jr.

William C. Steere, Jr.
President (1990 - 1991)
Chief Executive Officer (1991 - 2001)
Chairman of the Board (1992 - 2001)

Edmund T. Pratt, Jr.

Edmund T. Pratt, Jr.
President (1971 - 1972)
Chief Executive Officer (1972 - 1991)
Chairman of the Board (1972 - 1992)

John J. Powers, Jr.

John J. Powers, Jr.
President (1965 - 1971)
Chief Executive Officer (1965 - 1972)
Chairman of the Board (1968 - 1972)

John E. McKeen

John E. McKeen
President (1949 - 1965)
Chairman of the Board (1950 - 1968)

John L. Smith

John L. Smith
President (1945 - 1949)
Chairman of the Board (1949 - 1950)

George A. Anderson

George A. Anderson
resident (1941 - 1945)
Chairman of the Board (1945 - 1949)

William Erhart

William H. Erhart
Chairman of the Board (1929 - 1940)

John Anderson

John Anderson
Chairman of the Board (1914 - 1929)

Emile Pfizer

Emile Pfizer
President (1906 - 1941)
Chairman of the Board (1941)

Charles Erhart

Charles Erhart
Cofounder

Charles Pfizer

Charles Pfizer
Cofounder

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