Miles D. White

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Miles D. White
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Born1955 (age 63–64)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alma materStanford Graduate School of Business (1980)
Stanford University (1978)
OccupationChairman and CEO of Abbott Laboratories

Miles D. White (born 1955) is an American businessman.[1] He currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Abbott Laboratories.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Miles White was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he went to Culver Military Academy at age 13.[4] He holds two degrees from Stanford University, a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA.[1][2][3]


White started his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Co..[1] He joined Abbott in 1984, serving there in management positions including Senior Vice President of Diagnostic Operations and Executive Vice President,[1] he was elected to the board of directors in April 1998, to chief executive officer in 1998, and to chairman of the board in April 1999.[1][2][3] As of March 2019, White is the 6th longest tenured CEO among the S&P 100. Under his leadership, he has created approximately $200 billion in shareholder value.[5]

White has been praised for the ability to position Abbott to be able to adapt to consumer needs[6][7] and creating a diverse culture at the company,[8] he has also been praised for increasing the global stature and valuation of Abbott and expanding the company's worldwide sales.[4][9] He has created two public companies as the CEO of Abbott, AbbVie and Hospira.[10] Hospira was later purchased by Pfizer.[11]

In 2017 White earned $1.9 million in base compensation and over $13.5 million in bonuses, stocks, options and other compensation.[12] He ranked 72 in a list of highest-paid executives at S&P 500 companies for the 2017 fiscal year.[13]

White currently serves on the board of directors of McDonald's and Caterpillar Inc,[1] he is a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.[1][2]

He is the chairman of the board of trustees of the Culver Educational Foundation, and is on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, he was also named a “Life Member” of Northwestern’s business school the Kellogg School of Management.[14] White is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and formerly served as chairman of the Field Museum of Natural History board of trustees.[1][2][15]


White has been listed in Forbes' list of America's Most Powerful People and recognized as one of the world's 30 Best CEO's by Barron's for ten consecutive years,[16] he has also been named the Executive of the Year by Scrip in 2009.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  2. ^ a b c d e Abbott Laboratories biography
  3. ^ a b c Forbes 2012 compensation
  4. ^ a b ""It's a Balancing Act"". July 28, 2012.
  5. ^ Bruce Rogers. "Leadership In An Age Of Disruption: Q&A With Abbott Chairman And CEO Miles White". Forbes.
  6. ^ "Miles White's Bold Moves Made Abbott Laboratories A Global Force". November 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Cramer applauds Abbott CEO Miles White for his value creation and..." November 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "No. 16". Text " Abbott" ignored (help)
  9. ^ "After 20 Years, Abbott Labs CEO Miles White Has Successor In Mind". Oct 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Scott S. Smith (November 1, 2018). "Miles White's Bold Moves Made Abbott Laboratories A Global Force".
  11. ^ Jonathan D. Rockoff (February 5, 2015). "Pfizer to Buy Hospira for $16 Billion".
  12. ^ "The Highest-Paid C.E.O.s in 2017". May 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "CEO Pay for the S&P 500". 2017.
  14. ^ "Global Advisory Board".
  15. ^ Brandon Glenn (March 16, 2007). "Abbott CEO, wife donate $1 million to Field Museum".
  16. ^ Jack Hough (March 25, 2017). "The World's Best CEOs: An Exclusive Barron's List".
  17. ^ Dan Schawbel (December 5, 2017). "Miles White: Reflections From 18 Years As The Chairman And CEO Of Abbott".