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Amy W. Schulman

Amy Schulman headshot - 120 x 150Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Pfizer

Amy W. Schulman is an innovative, results-focused leader, as well as a champion for diversity and women’s professional advancement.  Since 2008 she has led the Pfizer Legal Division which handles some of the most complex, challenging legal matters within a highly regulated industry.  As of August 2012, Ms. Schulman also leads Pfizer’s Consumer Healthcare (PCH) – a global $4 billion business, which operates in more than 90 countries.

In 2010, Ms. Schulman took over responsibility for Pfizer Nutrition—a $2.1 billion, global business and leading provider of infant formulas and other nutritional products in more than 60 countries. She led the business to increased profitably and above market performance and was instrumental in the sale of the business to Nestlé for $11.85 billion in November 2012.

At Pfizer, Ms. Schulman devised a groundbreaking approach to engaging outside counsel that transforms the traditional billable-hour model and produces better results for the company and its firms. In a December 2009 cover story, The American Lawyer wrote: “Amy Schulman knows how the game is played and has set out to change all the rules.” Ms. Schulman and the Pfizer Legal Alliance also have been featured in numerous other publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Times and The American Lawyer.

Ms. Schulman joined Pfizer as General Counsel in June 2008, when the company was exploring the purchase of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. She played a key role in the negotiations leading up to what became the largest pharmaceutical acquisition in history.

Ms. Schulman is Executive Sponsor of Pfizer’s Global Women’s Council, where she helps shape efforts to increase diversity and expand opportunities for both women and men across the company. In part due to the parity programs Ms. Schulman helps to lead, Pfizer has seen a significant increase of women in senior level jobs since 2009.

Her commitment to clients, professional development, legal advocacy skills and reform has earned her accolades from many leading publications and organizations. To name a few, The National Law Journal included her on its inaugural list of the 20 Most Influential General Counsel in 2009, and Forbes magazine included her on its list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women” the same year. She was one of 10 “leading lights” featured in The Financial Times’ 2011 U.S. Innovative Lawyers report and in 2012 the American Bar Association honored her with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement award. She is also a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and has been a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard Law and Business Schools, Yale Law School, and Tsinghua University in Beijing, among others.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, Ms. Schulman earned her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1989. She serves on the Board of Directors for Wesleyan University and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.