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Ian C. Read
Mr. Read is Executive Chairman of Pfizer’s Board of Directors.
In his previous role, Mr. Read served as Pfizer’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer beginning in December 2011, having been named President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2010. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Group President of Pfizer’s Worldwide Biopharmaceutical Businesses, overseeing five global business units: Primary Care, Specialty Care, Oncology, Established Products and Emerging Markets.
Mr. Read began his career with Pfizer in 1978 as an operational auditor. He worked in Latin America through 1995, holding positions in a number of Pfizer’s largest and fastest-growing operations, including Chief Financial Officer of Pfizer Mexico, and Country Manager of Pfizer Brazil. In 1996, he was appointed president of Pfizer’s International Pharmaceuticals Group, with responsibility for Latin America and Canada. Mr. Read became Executive Vice President, Europe, in 2000; was named a Corporate Vice President in 2001; and assumed responsibility for Canada and Europe in 2002. Mr. Read later became accountable for operations in Pfizer’s Africa/Middle East region and Latin America.
Mr. Read received his B.Sc. in chemical engineering from London University Imperial College in 1974. He earned his Chartered Accountants certification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales in 1978.
Mr. Read serves on the board of directors of Kimberly-Clark.