Director, Starboard Capital Partners
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer Inc.

Jeffrey B. Kindler is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer, the world’s largest research-based biopharmaceutical company, from which he retired in December 2010. Mr. Kindler joined Pfizer in January 2002 as executive vice president and general counsel and, prior to his appointment as CEO in July 2006, served as a vice chairman of the company.

Mr. Kindler earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977 from Tufts University summa cum laude and his juris doctorate in 1980 from Harvard magna cum laude, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He began his legal career as an attorney at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. He then served as law clerk to Judge David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit and later as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.

He practiced civil and criminal litigation at the Washington, D.C., firm of Williams & Connolly, where he became a partner. In 1990, he joined the General Electric Co. in Fairfield, Conn., where he was vice president of litigation and legal policy. In 1996, he joined McDonald’s Corp. as executive vice president and general counsel, responsible for both legal and corporate affairs (which included philanthropy, government affairs, compliance and communications).

While at McDonald’s, he moved into line management as president of Partner Brands. This operating unit, with more than 50,000 employees worldwide, included several restaurant brands such as Boston Market, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Donato’s Pizza and Pret a Manger.

Mr. Kindler is currently a member of President Obama’s Management Advisory Board and serves on the boards of PPD; AgaMatrix, a developer and manufacturer of diabetes products; Intrexon, a synthetic biology company; Sheridan Healthcare, a leading provider of clinical solutions to hospitals and outpatient centers; Tufts University; the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University; and the Manhattan Theatre Club. He also is a director at Starboard Capital Partners, a Connecticut-based private equity firm.

He previously served as chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council; a member of the President’s Export Council; and a member of the Shanghai Mayor’s Business Advisory Council. He also previously served as a member of the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; the Biotechnology Industry Organization; Ronald McDonald House Charities; Catalyst; the United Way of New York City; the Legal Aid Society of New York; and Lincoln Center.

Jeffrey B. Kindler | WIKIPEDIA | MAY 12, 2017

Kindler established Pfizer’s program to distribute more than 70 of its medications for free to people who meet certain criteria, including job loss and the absence of prescription drug insurance.[14] Kindler also collaborated with former President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiatives on a range of programs reducing the costs of essential medicines for people in developing markets in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, resulting in more affordable treatment for AIDS patients in these regions.

Kindler retired from Pfizer in 2010.[15][16]

Kindler previously served as Chairman of Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a leading representative of pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies.[23] Kindler also served as Chairman of the U.S. Japan Business Council and as a member of the President’s Export Council, the Shanghai Mayor’s Business Advisory Council, the Business Council, and the Business Roundtable. Formerly, he served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.[24]

Board of Directors | Pharmaceutical Product Development

Karen H. Bechtel
Managing Director and Head of Health Care Group
The Carlyle Group

Robert Essner
Senior Advisor to Global Health Care Group
The Carlyle Group
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Ram M. Jagannath
Principal, U.S. Buyout
The Carlyle Group

Jeffrey B. Kindler
Starboard Capital Partners

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Pfizer, Inc.

P. Hunter Philbrick
Managing Director
Hellman & Friedman, LLC

Charles Rozwat
Executive Vice President of Customer Support Services
Oracle Corp.

David Simmons
Chairman and CEO

Allen R. Thorpe
Managing Director
Hellman & Friedman, LLC

Stephen H. Wise
Managing Director
Head of Global Health Care
The Carlyle Group

Inside Pfizer’s palace coup | FORTUNE | JUL 28, 2011

Did CEO Jeff Kindler get pushed out because he was shaking up the dysfunctional pharmaceutical giant — or because he’s an ineffective leader?

For Jeff Kindler, it was a humiliating moment. The CEO of Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, had been summoned to the airport in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, for a highly unusual purpose: to plead for his job.

Three stone-faced directors, representing the company’s board, sat inside a drab airport conference room as the CEO, trained as a trial lawyer, struggled to argue his most important case. Alerted to this meeting less than 24 hours earlier, Kindler detailed his accomplishments, speaking nonstop for the better part of an hour. He touted his bold reorganizations, praised his administration’s sweeping cost reductions, and rhapsodized about his reinvention of Pfizer’s crucial research-and-development operations.

Jeffrey Bruce Kindler has the sort of background that marked him for success — but perhaps not as CEO of a giant pharmaceutical company. He boasts a sterling résumé. The son of a New Jersey dermatologist, Kindler graduated with high honors from Tufts University and Harvard Law School and went on to clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. Kindler then became a litigator at the pugnacious Washington law firm Williams & Connolly, where he defended the National Enquirer in a libel suit and represented late oilman Marvin Davis in a contracts case.

William J. Brennan Jr. | WIKIPEDIA | MAY 12, 2017

William Joseph Brennan Jr. (April 25, 1906 – July 24, 1997) was an American judge who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1956 to 1990. As the seventh longest-serving justice in Supreme Court history, he was known for being a leader of the Court’s liberal wing.[2]

He was known for his outspoken progressive views, including opposition to the death penalty and support for abortion rights. He authored several landmark case opinions, including Baker v. Carr, establishing the “one person, one vote” principle, and New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, which required “actual malice” in a libel suit against those deemed “public figures.” Due to his ability to shape a wide variety of opinions and “bargain” for votes in many cases, he was considered to be among the Court’s most influential members. Justice Antonin Scalia called Brennan “probably the most influential Justice of the [20th] century.”[3]

William Brennan Jr. (US Supreme Court Justice) | FBI RECORDS VAULT