LAKE FOREST, Ill., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), the world's leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, today announced that Royce R. Bedward has been appointed corporate vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective immediately. In his new role, Mr. Bedward will oversee the company's legal department, including litigation, benefits, labor and employment, intellectual property, governance, securities and transactional matters. He will report to Brian Smith, who has served as Hospira's senior vice president and general counsel since its spin-off in 2004, and now assumes the newly created role of chief legal officer, including responsibility for government affairs. Both Mr. Smith and Mr. Bedward will serve as members of the company's senior leadership team, led by F. Michael Ball, chief executive officer. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130301/CG69263) "Royce is an accomplished lawyer and integrity-driven business leader with more than 10 years of experience in the healthcare field and a proven track record of success at Hospira," said Mr. Ball. "We look forward to Royce's many additional contributions, while thanking Brian for his continued service and counsel. Working together, I'm confident that their strong leadership abilities will help position Hospira for a stronger future of sustainable, long-term growth and drive greater value for our stakeholders." Mr. Bedward, 47, is one of the founding members of Hospira's legal leadership team, joining the company at its inception as its vice president of litigation, and assuming roles of increasing responsibility, most recently holding the position of deputy general counsel and secretary. Prior to the company's spin-off from Abbott Laboratories, Mr. Bedward served as Abbott's senior counsel, litigation, where his practice included patent issues related to the Hatch-Waxman Act, defense of investigations, major commercial disputes, product liability matters and arbitrations.