Washington, D.C. 20549








Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the


Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 16, 2018





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Item 5.02 — Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


William J. Chase, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, informed AbbVie that he plans to retire from the company in mid-2019.  Effective October 19, 2018, Mr. Chase has been appointed Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Robert A. Michael has been appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Mr. Michael will continue to report to Mr. Chase in his new role.


Mr. Michael, 48, has been AbbVie’s Vice President, Controller, since March 1, 2017 and served as AbbVie’s Vice President, Treasurer from 2015 to 2016, and as Vice President, Controller, Commercial Operations from 2013 to 2015.  He joined Abbott Laboratories in 1993 and held numerous positions in the finance organization.


Brian L. Durkin, 58, has been appointed Vice President, Controller, effective October 19, 2018.  Mr. Durkin has been AbbVie’s Vice President, Internal Audit since 2016.  Previously, he served as Vice President of Finance and Division Controller for Abbott’s Vision Care business from 2009 to 2016.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.










Date:   October 19, 2018


/s/ Timothy J. Richmond




Timothy J. Richmond



Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer