Melissa Walsh

Vice President for Corporate Responsibility & Global Philanthropy at AbbVie, Inc.

Melissa Walsh

Melissa Walsh

Vice President for Corporate Responsibility & Global Philanthropy at AbbVie, Inc.

Biography

Melissa Walsh is Senior Director, Global Philanthropy, AbbVie, and Vice President, The AbbVie Foundation. In this capacity, she advances AbbVie’s commitment to have a remarkable impact on lives around the world by leading the company and its foundations’ global philanthropic programs, totaling $970 million in 2014.

Throughout her career, Melissa has worked to solve issues surrounding health care access, quality and coverage for patients. She joined AbbVie as Regional Director, State Government Affairs in the Northeast, leading state, regulatory and policy activities impacting biopharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Previously, Melissa served as Chief Operating Officer at Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, developing and implementing the state’s one billion dollar Life Sciences Initiative. As a Government Relations Associate with Partners Healthcare, Melissa worked to craft and pass Massachusetts’s landmark healthcare reform law. A lawyer, Melissa began her career as a litigator in private practice. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Connecticut and her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. Melissa is an Eisenhower Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors with the Arthritis Foundation New England Region.

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Massachusetts Life Sciences Cente

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Vice Chairman, External Affairs & Chief Legal Officer at AbbVie, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at AbbVie, Inc.

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Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Brand & Communications at AbbVie, Inc.

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Head Counsel, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits at AbbVie, Inc.

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Senior Vice President, Regional Manager at People's United Bank NA (Bridgeport, Connecticut)

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Chair at Arthritis Foundation Massachusetts Chapter, Inc.

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Former President at Barr & Barr, Inc.

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Vice Chair at Arthritis Foundation Massachusetts Chapter, Inc.

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Vice Chair at Arthritis Foundation Massachusetts Chapter, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at CohnReznick LLP

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Melissa Walsh
Vice President for Corporate Responsibility & Global Philanthropy at AbbVie, Inc.
Education
Bachelor of Arts
Career History
Vice President for Corporate Responsibility & Global Philanthropy
Current

AbbVie, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company, which engages in the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of a line of proprietary pharmaceutical products. It is focused on treating conditions such as chronic autoimmune diseases in rheumatology, gastroenterology and dermatology; oncology, including blood cancers; virology, including hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus; neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease; metabolic diseases, including thyroid disease and complications associated with cystic fibrosis; as well as other serious health conditions. The company was founded on 2013 and is headquartered in North Chicago, IL.

Chief Operating Officer
Prior

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is a quasi-public agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts tasked with implementing the Massachusetts Life Sciences Act, a ten-year, $1 billion initiative that was signed into law in June of 2008. The Center's mission is to create jobs in the life sciences and support vital scientific research that will improve the human condition. This work includes making financial investments in public and private institutions that are advancing life sciences research, development and commercialization as well as building ties between sectors of the Massachusetts life sciences community.

Government Relations Associate
Prior

Partners HealthCare System, Inc. provides patient care, research, teaching and community services. It offers community and specialty hospitals, physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. The firm also sponsors research programs and community health outreach programs. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

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Vice President, Board of Directors
Current
Member, Board of Directors
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