Laura Schumacher is Vice Chairman, External Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, a member of the executive leadership team, and responsible for global legal, health economics outcomes research, corporate brand and communications and government affairs.
Prior to AbbVie’s separation from Abbott, Ms. Schumacher served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel. Both at Abbott and AbbVie, Ms. Schumacher has led Business Development and Ventures & Early Stage Collaborations. Ms. Schumacher joined Abbott as a litigation attorney, held various leadership positions in the company, and was appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel in 2005. Prior to joining Abbott, Ms. Schumacher was an associate attorney with the law firm Schiff, Hardin & Waite in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Schumacher serves on the Board of Directors of General Dynamics Corporation, the Board of Trustees for Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Notre Dame Law School Advisory Board. She is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, American Bar Association and the Economic Club of Chicago.
She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, U.S.A.