Board Member

Azita Saleki-Gerhardt, Ph.D.


Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt is an executive with extensive experience leading the operations function of a global biopharmaceutical company. She currently serves as the executive vice president, operations at AbbVie Inc., a global, research-driven biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions, having previously served as senior vice president, operations from 2013 to 2018. AbbVie was formed in 2013 as a spin-off from Abbott Laboratories. She spent more than twenty years at Abbott Laboratories in a variety of senior management roles focused on operations, manufacturing, and quality.

Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt holds a B.A. degree, an M.S. degree, and a Ph.D., each from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt has extensive business and management experience as a senior executive officer responsible for the domestic and international manufacturing, quality, and distribution network of a global biopharmaceutical company. As executive vice president, operations at AbbVie, Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt is responsible for managing critical risks including those related to manufacturing, supply chain, quality, security, and environmental, health, and safety. Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt brings to the board important perspectives on manufacturing operations, continuous improvement, safety, and global business, in addition to providing insight and expertise into the life sciences industry.

Azita Saleki-Gerhardt, Ph.D.