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Karen Katen

Senior Advisor, New York
University of Chicago
University of Chicago

Karen Katen has over 35 years of experience in senior executive level positions within the pharmaceutical industry. Ms. Katen retired as Vice Chairman of Pfizer Inc. and as President of Pfizer Human Health in 2007 after a career at Pfizer Inc. that spanned 33 years. Pfizer Human Health is the company’s principal operating group, responsible for the discovery, development, manufacture, distribution and commercialization of prescription medicines, as well as for providing a broad array of innovative human-health services.

Ms. Katen is a director on the boards of the Harris Corporation, The Home Depot, Catamaran Corp., and Air Liquide, and she is a member of the Takeda Global Advisory Board. She also serves on the Catalyst Board, the ARMGO Pharmaceutical Board,  the Economic Club of New York Board of Trustees, and as Chairman of the RAND Health Board of Advisors.  She previously served as Chairman of the Pfizer Foundation. Ms. Katen is a Trustee at the University of Chicago and a council member of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Ms. Katen’s achievements have received wide recognition. In 2005, Ms. Katen was named among the top ten in Fortune Magazine’s ranking of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” a list which included her for eight consecutive years. For her commitment to community and improving public health, she received eleven distinct “Woman of the Year” or similar awards from civic groups, national associations and universities. 

Ms. Katen received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.  She joined Essex Woodlands as a Senior Advisor based in the New York office in October 2007.