José (Joe) E. Almeida is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc.
Every day, millions of patients and caregivers rely on Baxter's broad portfolio of essential healthcare therapies and technologies, which can be found in patient homes, hospitals, physician offices and other sites of care worldwide.
Almeida assumed his current responsibilities at Baxter in January 2016. He is now leading the company through a period of dynamic evolution and innovation, powered by Baxter's mission to save and sustain lives and vision to transform healthcare.
Before joining Baxter, Almeida served as chairman, president and CEO of Covidien plc from 2012 to 2015, and as president and CEO from 2011 to 2012. Prior to this, he held a range of senior leadership roles at Covidien and its predecessor organization, Tyco Healthcare, including president, Medical Devices, and president, International. A career healthcare veteran, Almeida also held leadership and management roles at multiple companies across the industry, including Wilson Greatbatch Technologies, American Home Products' Acufex Microsurgical division, and Johnson & Johnson's Professional Products division. He began his career as a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (Accenture).
Almeida is a member of the Bank of America Board of Directors and the Northwestern University Board of Trustees. A native of Brazil, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia.