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Rita Smith
Director, Human Resources at AbbVie


Joining AbbVie in December of 2013 as an HR business partner, Rita Smith has supported many functions within the company including Purchasing, Manufacturing Science & Technology, and Human Resources.  She also led programs within Executive Development for our global Executive teams.  Today she is the Site HR Director for AbbVie Bioresearch Center in Worcester, MA and Foundational Neuroscience Center in Cambridge, MA.

Rita’s passion for AbbVie’s business model and impact is shown each day through her drive for strong business results, process improvements, and implementation of strong culture initiatives. Rita acts as a strong leader within our Human Resources Function. She leverages HR’s best talent in order to empower all employees at all levels of the organization in order to deliver on the desired goals of our business.  

Prior to AbbVie, Rita worked for Rolls-Royce as a Senior HR Business Partner to the Defense Business and Ford Motor Company in progressively responsible Labor Relations and HR Business Partner roles.  Rita started her professional career as in-house Staff Attorney for Services Employees International Union (SEIU) after graduating from The Ohio State University College of Law. 

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