You are here
Henry A. McKinnell, Jr., Ph.D.
President (1999 – 2001)
Chief Executive Officer
(2001 – 2006)
Chairman of the Board
(2001 – 2006)
Hank McKinnell retired as chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc, the world´s largest research-based pharmaceutical company in 2006.
Hank joined Pfizer in 1971 in Tokyo. Over the years, he held positions of increasing responsibility around the world, including service as president of Pfizer Asia, based in Hong Kong. He also served as Pfizer's country manager-Iran/Afghanistan. In 1984 Hank relocated to New York, where he served as vice president-strategic planning, chief financial officer, president-Pfizer medical device group, president-Pfizer pharmaceuticals group, president and chief operating officer, president and chief executive officer from January 2001 to May 2001, and as chairman and chief executive officer, from May 2001 to August 2006, and chairman to December, 2006.
Hank McKinnell is a member of the Boards of Directors of Pfizer Inc, Moody's Corporation, and ExxonMobil Corporation. Hank is a member of the Academic Alliance and chairman of the Academic Alliance Foundation, which supports infectious diseases prevention, care and treatment in Sub-Sahara Africa. He is also vice chairman of the World Economic Forum and member of the WEF Foundation Board of Trustees, and chairman of the Connecticut Science Center. Hank is Chairman Emeritus of the Business Roundtable, an association of 170 CEO's of America's largest companies, the Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers Association, the Food and Drug Law Institute, and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association. Hank is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Corporation, and has served on the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He is also a director of the Medal of Honor Foundation, the Business Council, the Royal Shakespeare Company of America, the Japan Society, and a member of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the New York City Public Library, and the New York City Police Foundation.
Hank holds a Bachelor's Degree in business from the University of British Columbia, and M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Recent honors include the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan's highest award to others than members of the Imperial Family, and heads of state; the Islamic Republic of Pakistan's Sitara-i-Eisaar award, Pakistan's highest award for humanitarian relief; the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for contributions to health services in Uganda; the United Nations Association of the United States of America's Global Leadership Award; the Woodrow Wilson Institute Corporate Service Award, Columbia University's Teachers College Cleveland E. Dodge Medal for Distinguished Service to Education; Stanford University's Graduate School of Business/Excellence in Leadership Award; and an honorary doctorate in engineering from Polytechnic University.