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.