Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr. is executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary and chief administrative officer for Walgreen Co., based in Deerfield, Ill.
He joined Walgreens in September 2011 after having held general counsel roles with United Airlines, Inc., Schering-Plough Corporation, Baxter International Inc., and American Medical International, Inc.
After beginning his career with a law firm and then moving into corporate law, Sabatino was named president and CEO in 1990 of privately-held medical products manufacturer and distributor Secure Medical, Inc., of Mundelein, Ill. In 1992, he joined American Medical International, a Dallas-based for-profit hospital chain with 40 acute-care hospitals. Three years later he joined Baxter International and was named senior vice president and general counsel for the company in 1997.
Sabatino moved to Schering-Plough in 2004 as executive vice president and general counsel for global law and public affairs.
In March 2010, he was appointed general counsel of United Airlines and immediately took a leading role in its merger negotiations with Continental Airlines, Inc. Sabatino left United Continental Holdings, Inc. in 2011 after completion of the merger.
Sabatino earned a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., in 1980 and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1983.
He is a member of the bar in Massachusetts, Illinois and California. He serves on the board of directors of Alliance Boots, GmbH; the board of directors of Unigene Laboratories, Inc.; the board of directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel as its chair; the advisory board of Corporate Pro Bono; and the board of directors of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.