1+ months

Divisional Vice President, Privacy

Green Oaks, IL 60048

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Over the past few years, Abbott has undertaken a dynamic transformation spanning its innovative products to its technology infrastructure.  With its leading technologies like FreeStyle Libre, AlinIQ and CardioMEMS, among others, Abbott and the patients we serve live in an increasingly digital world inundated by the power of big data.  Moreover, Abbott’s strategic acquisitions in 2017 of St. Jude Medical and Alere have amplified the breadth and complexity of its business.  In addition, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) soon takes effect in Europe and will impact how multinational companies like Abbott do business.  As such, the leadership roles of technology and data stewards are evolving. 

The Divisional Vice President, Privacy will be the head of Abbott’s global data privacy and protection program.  He or she will report to Abbott’s Vice President, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer.

The successful candidate is an experienced privacy professional and manager, with a proven track record in collaboratively and pragmatically managing data protection needs and issues for a multi-national company.  He or she has experience in presenting to senior executives and outside directors, is a self-starter who successfully works in “virtual” teams and cross-functional working groups, and has a proven track record of setting the vision for a global privacy compliance program and driving for results.  This individual is expected to build effective relationships with business unit leaders and other clients, and to partner with Abbott’s global Legal and IT organizations.  He or she manages a direct team of dedicated privacy professionals and works with numerous other privacy stakeholders around the world.

The Divisional Vice President, Privacy will be based in Abbott Park, Illinois but should be prepared to travel to other Abbott locations globally as needed.

Primary Job Scope:

  • Data governance
  • Operationalize compliance efforts
  • Intra-organizational collaboration
  • Incident response
  • Third party contracts
  • Training and education


    • Providing subject matter expertise on a full range of data protection matters and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations affecting the company and its employees, customers, and third party vendors.
    • Overseeing the Company's data protection standards and practices (including policies and procedures, external certifications, training and educational resources, and monitoring/risk assessment programs) in a manner that meets business needs while complying with applicable requirements and regulator expectations.
    • Monitoring data protection and technological developments and periodically revising the privacy program to reflect changes in laws, regulatory or Company policy, business needs, or accreditation standards.
    • Providing periodic reports to executive management on the company’s global data protection program and emerging data privacy issues.
    • Advising on and supporting the negotiation and execution of contracts and collaborations that involve the processing or use of protected information. Oversee the company’s standards and processes for negotiating business associate, data processing, and data transfer agreements.
    • Providing privacy-related advice in connection with Abbott’s development and deployment of products, technology or service offerings, marketing programs, and employee programs or services.
    • Actively participating in Abbott’s global data security incident response team.
    • Maintaining a strong external focus and network to ensure the DVP is aware of new or evolving data protection standards and effectively advocates for the company.


      • Bachelor degree in a relevant field of study.
      • Global privacy experience in a multi-national company.


        • J.D. or equivalent degree is highly preferred.
        • 8+ years of global privacy experience in a multi-national company (medical device, pharmaceutical, or healthcare preferred).
        • CIPP accreditations highly preferred.
        • Strong knowledge of data protection and information security laws, rules and regulations, as well as industry leading-practices and standards. In-depth experience with EU and US data protection laws (including HIPAA/HITECH).
        • Experience in interfacing with data protection authorities and regulators.
        • Team leader and a team player. Experience in managing a team; comfortable working as part of virtual and/or cross-functional teams; strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to influence through collaboration.
        • Ability to clearly and cogently analyze and explain complex data protection requirements and issues, both orally and in writing.
        • Excellent listener; builds relationships with business stakeholders and gains a solid understanding of business needs.
        • An “integrated thinker” who takes a holistic approach to analyzing data protection challenges or questions and works with internal stakeholders to identify practical and compliant solutions.
        • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize work in a deadline-intensive environment, while continuing to provide highly responsive service.
        • Willingness and flexibility to take on new responsibilities and challenges as business needs and data protection requirements continue to evolve.
          Job Family: Regulatory
          Division: OEC Office of Ethics and Compliance
          Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
          Medical Surveillance: Not Applicable
          Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)


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