NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) announced today that the Company's Board of Directors has elected George A. Lorch, 68, who has served as an independent director since 2000, as non-executive Chairman of the Board, effective immediately.
The Board's Lead Independent Director, Constance J. Horner, said, "George Lorch has been a valuable, independent voice on the Pfizer Board for over 10 years, and he is ideally suited to lead the Board as non-executive Chairman. George has been a strong leader on our Board and as Chair of our Compensation Committee."
Mr. Lorch said, "With his depth of experience and global perspective, Ian Read is the right leader to take Pfizer forward. Pfizer is an outstanding company that makes important contributions to improve the health and well-being of millions of patients worldwide. I look forward to working closely with Ian in my role as Chairman of the Board as we work to create and sustain long-term value for Pfizer shareholders and everyone with a stake in the Company's future success."
Mr. Lorch has been Chairman Emeritus of Armstrong Holdings, Inc., a global manufacturer of flooring and ceiling materials, since 2000, having served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and in other executive capacities with Armstrong Holdings, Inc. and its predecessor, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., from 1993 to 2000. He is also Director of Autoliv, Inc., Masonite International, Inc. and The Williams Companies, Inc. and a Director of HSBC Finance Co. and HSBC North America Holding Company, non-public, wholly owned subsidiaries of HSBC LLC.
Mr. Lorch has relinquished his positions on the Compensation and Science and Technology Committees to focus on his role as Chairman. The Board elected Mr. James Kilts Chairman of the Compensation Committee effective today. Finally, Ms. Horner relinquished the role of Lead Independent Director given the Board's election of an independent non-executive Chairman.
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