Amy W. Schulman
Lecturer on Law
Amy W. Schulman is an accomplished business leader, widely recognized for growing and stabilizing global businesses, commitment to people, strategic judgment, and efforts to advance women and promote inclusive workplace cultures.
Ms. Schulman joined Harvard Business School’s Faculty as a Senior Lecturer in July 2014. She also became the CEO of Arsia, a biotechnology company focused on improving patients’ lives through new modes of drug delivery, and a venture partner at Polaris, a leading venture capital firm with approximately 4 billion under management in August of 2014. Prior to that, Ms. Schulman led Pfizer Inc.’s $4 billion Consumer Healthcare business, which operates in 90 countries and includes well-known brands such as Advil, Centrum, and Chapstick. She also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Pfizer Inc. Key accomplishments include: revitalization of the ChapStick brand; regulatory filing for Lipitor OTC; rapid growth of Emergen-C and increased Europe profitability.
Ms. Schulman originally joined Pfizer in 2008 as General Counsel and saw the company through its $68 billion acquisition of Wyeth, the largest pharmaceutical acquisition in history. In 2009, she spearheaded an innovative approach to engaging outside counsel and became recognized as a leading voice for transforming the billable-hour model and for redefining the value of legal services.
Before joining Pfizer, Ms. Schulman was a partner at DLA Piper, where she was a member of the Board and Executive Policy Committees, and built and led the international law firm’s mass tort and class-action practice handling some of the most complex legal, scientific and regulatory challenges facing the world’s largest and most reputable companies, including Kraft, Altria, Cisco, GE Healthcare, and Pfizer. She began her career in litigation with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Ms. Schulman accomplishments have earned her accolades from leading publications and organizations. In 2013 Fortune magazine named her one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” That same year, The American Lawyer named her one of the “Top 50 Innovators,” and The National Law Journal named her one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”
She also has been recognized by The American Bar Association, which honored her with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement award in 2012. In 2009 Forbes magazine included her on its inaugural list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women.”
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, Ms. Schulman earned her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1989. She serves on the Board of Directors of Alnylam, Inc., The Brookings Institution, and Wesleyan University.