The View from Baxter's New Boss

After a short-lived retirement from Abbott Labs, Robert Parkinson will return to the health care field as CEO of a troubled company

Robert L. Parkinson Jr. is back in business. Three-and-a-half years ago, he retired as president and chief operating officer of Abbott Laboratories, cutting short a 25-year career at the pharmaceutical and medical-products company to spend more time with his family. He was 49.

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