Mr. White, 50, joined Abbott, a broad-based medical products and pharmaceutical company, in 1984. He was elected to Abbott's board of directors in 1998 and assumed his current positions in 1999. Prior to joining Abbott, Mr. White was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company. An active member of the civic and business communities, Mr. White serves as deputy chairman of The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as a director on the Tribune Company’s board of directors, chairman of The Economic Club of Chicago and a vice chairman of the board of trustees for The Field Museum in Chicago. He also is on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and The Culver Educational Foundation. Mr. White earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.