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Bridge Award Profiles: Robert L. Parkinson, Jr.
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National Bridge Awards

2015 Richard A. Gonzalez

2014 Jonas Prising 

2012 William C. Weldon

2010 John T. Chambers
2009 Michael E. Szymanczyk
2008 Indra K. Nooyi
2007 Ronald A. Williams
2006 H. Lee Scott, Jr.
2005 Jeffrey Noddle
2004 Ivan G. Seidenberg

 

Chicago Bridge Awards

2015 Jim Skogsbergh

2014 Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. 

2013 Don Thompson

2012 Gregory D. Wasson

2011 Patricia Hemingway Hall

2010 Frederick H. Waddell

2009 Gregory C. Case

2007 Robert W. Lane

2006 James Skinner

2005 John W. Rowe

 

Bridge Advocate Awards

2015 Pat Harris

2010 Maestro Paul Freeman

2009 James C. Tyree

2006 John W. Rogers, Jr.

2004 Roel C. Campos


"We are cultivating an inclusive and diverse workplace where differing ideas, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are welcomed, respected and valued. We believe that an inclusionary environment nurtures innovation, and creates trusted partnerships with customers, suppliers, and community partners. At Baxter, we are in the business of saving and sustaining lives worldwide. Global inclusion is not just good business practice. It enhances Baxter's ability to develop new life-saving technologies today and for years to come."  

  

Robert L. Parkinson, Jr.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Baxter International Inc.


Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., is chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter, having served in this capacity since April, 2004. Prior to joining Baxter, Mr. Parkinson was Dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Business Administration and Graduate School of Business from 2002 to 2004.

 

Mr. Parkinson served as the president and chief operating officer of Abbott Laboratories from 1999 to 2001, where he held a variety of management and leadership positions during his 25-year tenure from 1976 to 2001. He served as an executive vice president of Abbott and oversaw its international operations for pharmaceutical, hospital and nutritional products, as well as the U.S.-based Ross laboratories division. He has significant operational experience, having worked his way through the management ranks at Abbott, where he joined in 1976.

 

He retired from Abbott Laboratories in 2001 following a 25-year career, having served in a variety of domestic and international management and leadership positions, including as president and chief operating officer. Mr. Parkinson also serves on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Northwestern Medical Group, the physician group subsidiary of Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare; and as chairman of Loyola University of Chicago’s Board of Trustees.

 

Mr. Parkinson earned both a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago.

 

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