- Full Name Albert Bourla
- Occupation Businessman
- Nationality Greek-American
- Birthplace Thessaloniki, Greece
- Birth Date Oct 21, 1961
- Age 61 Years, 3 Months
Albert Bourla | BiographyCNN 2021 'CEO Of The Year'
Additionally, Bourla is a director on multiple boards such as Pfizer Inc., The Pfizer Foundation, PhRMA, and Catalyst. He is also the vice president of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations, a trustee of the United States Council for International Business, and a member of the Business Roundtable and the Business Council.
Albert Bourla is Pfizer's CEO and chairman, the multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, which developed a Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in 2020.
Who is Albert Bourla?
Albert Bourla is a Greek-American health executive. He began his professional career working as a veterinarian in Greece before joining Pfizer in 1993. He served in multiple senior global positions for over 25 years and became the CEO of Pfizer in 2019.
As the CEO of the company, he received several honors and recognitions. In 2020, Institutional Investor magazine ranked him as 'America's Top CEO in the Pharmaceuticals Sector.' Later, in December 2021, he was named the 'CEO of the Year' by CNN Business.
Additionally, Bourla is a director on multiple boards such as Pfizer Inc., The Pfizer Foundation, PhRMA, and Catalyst. He is also the vice president of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations, a trustee of the United States Council for International Business, and a member of the Business Roundtable and the Business Council. Subsequent to the development of the vaccine, Bourla has been donating to political party as well as making comments on the political debates of America.
Bourla launched his career in Pfizer in 1993 as technical director for the company's Animal Health Division in Greece. After that, he served in the Animal Health Division in Europe. He then moved to Pfizer's global headquarters in New York in 2001 and worked as the U.S. group marketing director for a few years.
In 2004, he evolved as the vice president of business development and new products marketing at Pfizer Animal Health. From May 2005 to November 2010, he served as the area president for Pfizer Animal Health in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific regions.
He then returned to New York and served as the president and general manager of the Established Products Business Unit from 2010 to December 2013. After that, he served as the group president of the company's three high-growth organizations - Global Vaccines, Oncology, and Consumer Healthcare - for over two years. From February 2016 through 2017, he worked as the group president of Pfizer Innovative Health. He then served as Pfizer's chief operating officer (COO) for a year before becoming the chief executive officer on 1 January 2019.
According to a March 2021 securities filing, Pfizer Inc. paid Bourla a pay package worth $21.03 million in 2020. It included a salary of $1.65 million, long-term incentive awards of $14 million, and cash incentive pay of $5.49 million. His 2020 pay was a 17% increase from his compensation in the previous year when he earned $17.9 million.
Bourla's annual salary is in the millions, but his exact net worth is yet to be known.
Early Bio and Education
Albert Bourla's birthday falls on 21 October. Some sites claim that he was born in 1961 and is 60 years old as of 2021.
He was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, by Sephardi Jews parents, who were among the few survivors of Greek's port city, Thessaloniki's Sephardic Jewish community. His parents were 2,000 of 50,000 Sephardi Jews to survive the Holocaust during World War II.
Bourla graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1985 and then obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biotechnology of Reproduction in 1991, both from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Bourla is married to his wife, Myriam Bourla. On 10 November 2021, a conservative blog posted a story claiming that Bourla's wife died from complications from the Pfizer vaccine, but it turned out to be a hoax. A Pfizer spokesperson later confirmed that Bourla's wife was "alive and well, contrary to what was said on the Internet." On 2 December 2021, Bourla told BBC that his wife's vaccine death was fake news and further stated that she was doing good.
On 12 November 2021, he shared a picture of himself alongside his wife with Pfizer's chief human resources officer on Twitter. He captioned that he attended the Atlantic Council Distinguished Leadership Awards.