Dr. Richard S. Sackler is a former President of Purdue Pharma and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He joined Purdue in 1971 as Assistant to the President. During his tenure, he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility, including management of the Research and Development and the Sales and Marketing functions. Dr. Sackler was named President of Purdue Pharma in 1999 and served until March 2003 when he was appointed Co-Chairman of the Board. After retiring from his executive and management roles at Purdue in early 2003, he served for several years as Adjunct Professor of Genetics at Rockefeller University.
Dr. Sackler received his AB degree from Columbia University and his MD degree from New York University School of Medicine. He also studied at the Harvard University Business School Program for Management Development. He is licensed in to practice medicine in both New York and Connecticut.
Currently Dr. Sackler serves as a Director of on several Boards and Advisory Boards, including the Yale Cancer Center Advisory Board, the Advisory Council for the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, the Board of Overseers of the Tufts University School of Medicine, and the MIT Cancer Center Advisory Board. In the past, he was a Director of the AMA Foundation and was the first president of the Israel Vocal Arts Institute. In 1989, Dr. Sackler received the Annie Blount Storrs Award from Calvary Hospital in New York City.