Caroline Richardson
New Product Introduction Engineering Manager
Abbott Point of Care 

"Manufacturing is a uniquely fulfilling career because it satisfies two basic human desires: to make things and to leave the world better than we found it. I am fortunate to drive innovation by creating systems and solutions that transform components into products that help people live better lives."

Caroline earned several promotions at Abbott over five years in recognition of her strong performance and goal achievements resulting from her focus on excellence, breadth of problem solving skills, and ability to quickly process disparate pieces of information to develop cohesive solutions. Leading a program team of 30+, Caroline has headed NPI since 2014.  Her responsibilities include being an integral decision-maker for technical, budgetary, and strategic initiatives associated with new product manufacturing.  Her NPI operations team successfully completed design transfer and production of Abbott’s next-generation handheld diagnostic instrument, the i-STAT Alinity.  This required executing concurrent manufacturing engineering and production system design efforts needed to produce prototypes and to scale for production.  She focused on maximizing capacity and minimizing process time to optimize product launch costs and timelines.  Under her leadership, the team raised a production floor able to support demand for the next-generation instrument at Abbott Point of Care’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ.
 
Caroline is a great mentor because she not only explains and demonstrates, but more importantly inspires. She mentors with commitment, open-mindedness, patience, and compassion. She is effective in coaching anyone from new engineers to seasoned employees and is able to empower them and instill a sense of confidence that moves them forward.
 
Caroline is passionate about helping to change the world for the better, not only through her professional career, but also in charitable pursuits. Inspired by Abbott’s anthem to help people live healthier and better lives, she believes in contributing her time to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and helps organize Dress for Success events.  She also makes time for future engineers by sharing her experiences at both in-house career days and at local schools.   Caroline co-founded the Princeton Women's Leadership Council, an organization dedicated to driving the development of women by providing networking and professional development opportunities. This leadership council merged into Abbott’s Women Leaders of Abbott in 2016 to help support Abbott’s goal of being one of the best places to work, and Caroline continues to play an active role. 

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