Abbott names Robert Ford as President, COO
Abbott announced that Robert Ford has been named president and COO, effective immediately. Ford, a 22-year Abbott veteran, was most recently executive vice president of Medical Devices, Abbott's largest business. In addition to his current responsibilities for Medical Devices, Ford will assume responsibility for all of Abbott's operating businesses. Ford will continue to report to Miles D. White, chairman of the board and CEo of Abbott. Ford has held various management positions across several of Abbott's businesses, including Diagnostics, Nutrition and Medical Devices. As head of Abbott's Medical Devices business for the past three years, Ford oversaw the integration of the St. Jude Medical acquisition, the largest acquisition in Abbott's history. He previously led Abbott's Diabetes Care business and the launch of Abbott's revolutionary glucose monitoring system, FreeStyle Libre.