AbbVie HR Executive Leanna J. Walther Joins Lake Forest Graduate School of Management Board of Directors

  AbbVie HR Executive Leanna J. Walther Joins Lake Forest Graduate School of
  Management Board of Directors

With extensive experience as a human resources executive and business leader,
Class of 1999 LFGSM alumna Leanna J. Walther will contribute key insights and
valued expertise to the School’s business-leader Board.

Business Wire

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- August 5, 2013

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) is pleased to announce the
appointment of human resources executive Leanna J. Walther to its Board of
Directors. Elected to the Board in May 2013, Walther will serve on the Board’s
Human Resources & Compensation Committee. A LFGSM Class of 1999 alumna,
Walther is Vice President, Human Resources, Operations at AbbVie, Inc., a
global, research-based biopharmaceutical company headquartered in North
Chicago, Illinois. With approximately 21,000 employees and its medicines
available in more than 170 countries, AbbVie was formed in 2013 following its
separation from Abbott Laboratories.

Walther has more than 25 years of experience in human resources leadership.
She joined the human resources staff of Abbott Laboratories in 1987 and held
positions of increasing responsibility, rising to become a Divisional Vice
President in 2004. In 2009, she was appointed as Abbott Laboratories’
Divisional Vice President, Human Resources, Proprietary Pharmaceuticals –
U.S., a business with approximately $10B in sales and 4,500 employees. She
assumed her current position upon AbbVie’s separation from Abbott Laboratories
in January, 2013.

“We are delighted to welcome Leanna Walther, a LFGSM Class of 1999 alumna, to
our Board of Directors,” said LFGSM President & CEO John Popoli. “Leanna
brings key expertise and broad experience as a human resources executive and
strategic business leader that are highly valuable in helping LFGSM achieve
its mission-critical goals. Having earned her Lake Forest MBA with honors in
1999, she has continued throughout her career to demonstrate a passion for
lifelong learning and continuous improvement that stands at the core of the
School’s values. We look forward to the valuable impact she will have in
helping our leadership team guide the School as it strives to meet the
evolving needs of the students and area business community we serve.”

“I look forward to sharing my experience with my alma mater, LFGSM, helping to
shape the direction of the School and its ability to continue to achieve its
goals and objectives,” said Leanna Walther. “Having benefited from the Lake
Forest MBA experience earlier in my career, I hope that my HR and leadership
experience at AbbVie and Abbott will allow me to offer new insight into
significantly different workforces that may help LFGSM continue to meet the
needs of its students and the area’s diverse business community.”

Walther holds a BA in Communication from DePauw University and earned her MBA,
with honors, from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 1999. Walther
is active in the community, including with the Boys Scouts of America where
she recently served a 4-year term as Lake Forest Troop 46 Committee Recruiting
Chair (2008-2012).

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management is an independent, accredited,
not-for-profit graduate business school. LFGSM offers the Chicago area’s
premier part-time MBA program for working professionals, with campus-based
programs in Schaumburg and Lake Forest, fully online MBA options, and on site
courses at some of the area’s leading companies. Learn more about Lake Forest
Graduate School of Management’s Leadership MBA, Immersion MBA or Corporate
Learning Solutions at


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