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Biography PhotoZena G. Kaufman
Senior Vice President, Quality

Zena Kaufman serves as Hospira’s senior vice president of Quality. In this role, she has overall responsibility for Hospira's global quality systems, ensuring that the organization advances its global quality and compliance strategies, drives the continuous improvement of established quality procedures to ensure that processes and products meet high internal standards and regulatory requirements, and ultimately delivers high-quality, cost-effective products to customers.

Kaufman, a recognized global expert in pharmaceutical quality systems, brings 24 years of experience to Hospira, which she joined in 2012. Most recently, she served as divisional vice president, Global Quality Systems, Global Pharmaceutical Operations, for Abbott Laboratories, where her tenure included diverse roles across the company's corporate and divisional quality functions.

Prior to Abbott, she held various roles of progressive responsibility in the quality organizations at Pfizer Inc., Pharmacia Corporation and G.D. Searle & Company. She started her career at Wesley-Jessen, a division of Schering Corp.

Kaufman holds active leadership roles in many industry organizations, including serving on the board of the Parenteral Drug Association, and has represented Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) on the International Conference of Harmonization Guideline: Pharmaceutical Quality Systems and as chair of its Technical Leadership Council.

Kaufman earned her bachelor's degree in biology, with a chemistry minor, at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), New York City. She earned her master's of science degree in marine environmental sciences at the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook.