Washington, D.C. 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 13, 2018



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)








(State or other Jurisdiction


(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer

of Incorporation)




Identification No.)



1 North Waukegan Road

North Chicago, Illinois 60064-6400

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (847) 932-7900


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Item 5.02 — Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


Effective December 13, 2018, Michael E. Severino, M.D., 52, has been appointed Vice Chairman and President, Laura J. Schumacher, 55, has been appointed Vice Chairman, External Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, and Carlos Alban, 55, has been appointed Vice Chairman, Chief Commercial Officer. A copy of a press release announcing these appointments is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.


Dr. Severino has served as AbbVie’s Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer since he joined AbbVie in 2014.  He previously served at Amgen Inc. as Senior Vice President, Global Development and Corporate Chief Medical Officer from 2012 to 2014.


Ms. Schumacher served as AbbVie’s Executive Vice President, External Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, responsible for AbbVie’s externally-facing functions of Health Economics Outcomes Research, Government Affairs, Corporate Responsibility, Brand and Communications since 2015.  She served as AbbVie’s Executive Vice President, Business Development, External Affairs and General Counsel from 2012 to 2015.  Ms. Schumacher joined Abbott Laboratories (“Abbott”), AbbVie’s former parent company, in 1990.  Ms. Schumacher also serves on the board of General Dynamics Corporation.


Mr. Alban has served as AbbVie’s Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations since 2012. Mr. Alban joined Abbott in 1986.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d) Exhibits


Exhibit No.





Press Release dated December 17, 2018.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.










Date:   December 17, 2018


/s/ Timothy J. Richmond



Timothy J. Richmond



Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer