Group President of Vaccines, Oncology and Consumer Healthcare
Albert Bourla is the Group President of Vaccines, Oncology and Consumer Healthcare at Pfizer, three businesses that are integral to the company’s innovative core and growth strategy. He is a member of the Company’s Executive Leadership Team. Pfizer Vaccines includes Prevnar 13, the world’s leading pneumococcal vaccine, and Trumenba which prevents invasive disease caused by meningitis B as well as a promising pipeline of preventative and therapeutic vaccines. Pfizer Oncology is improving the standard of care for cancer patients with products such as Sutent, Xalkori and Inlyta. Under Albert’s leadership, Pfizer received FDA accelerated approval of Ibrance, the first new medicine approved in more than a decade for the first-line treatment of postmenopausal women with certain kinds of advanced breast cancer. Pfizer Oncology’s extensive pipeline includes potential medicines for early-stage breast cancer, as well as for a range of other tumors, including non-small cell lung, prostate, ovarian, renal and brain tumors. He also spearheaded a partnership with Germany’s Merck KGaA to advance Pfizer’s immuno-oncology program. Pfizer Consumer Healthcare is among the largest over-the-counter (OTC) health care product businesses in the world and markets two of the top ten global consumer brands – Advil and Centrum, as well as markets Nexium 24HR, the OTC formulation of the well-known heartburn medicine.
Albert has more than twenty years of experience with Pfizer and has held a number of senior global positions across a range of markets and disciplines. Before assuming his current position, he was President and General Manager of Pfizer’s Established Products Business Unit, where he led the development and implementation of strategies and tactics related to Pfizer’s off-patent portfolio (including legacy brands and generics).
Albert joined Pfizer’s Animal Health Division in 1993 as Technical Director of Greece. He held positions of increasing responsibility across Europe before moving to Pfizer Global Headquarters in New York in 2001 to assume the role of U.S. Group Marketing Director for Animal Health. In 2004, he became Vice President of Business Development and New Products Marketing; supervising Pfizer Animal Health global licensing and acquisition activities, as well as the unit’s R&D portfolio. In 2006, he was appointed Area President of Europe, Africa and Middle East and in 2009, he assumed additional responsibilities for Asia and Pacific.
Albert is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and holds a PhD in the Biotechnology of Reproduction from the Veterinary School of Aristotle University. Albert is a member of the following boards: the Pfizer Foundation, which promotes access to quality health care; the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a forum that develops policies, plans, and programs to make affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans; and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), an organization that develops effective approaches to health issues.