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Alex Azar        

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Former President of Lilly USA, LLC

Alex Michael Azar Jr. is an American politician, attorney and former pharmaceutical executive who serves as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Azar is the Founder and former Chairman of Seraphim Strategies, LLC, a strategic consulting firm that provides counsel to the biopharmaceutical and health insurance companies on biopharmaceutical sales, marketing, pricing, reimbursement, access, and distribution, as well as federal and state healthcare policy.

Previously, Azar served for five years (2012-2017) as President of Lilly USA, LLC, the largest affiliate of global biopharmaceutical leader Eli Lilly and Company, producing over $10 billion in revenue, almost half of Lilly’s global revenue (2016). Azar’s responsibilities included direction over Lilly USA, LLC, the legal entity that houses the sales, marketing, and payer operations of the company’s entire U.S. commercial business: the U.S. Biomedicines, Diabetes, and Oncology business units. He also directly led U.S. Biomedicines, the affiliate’s largest division, encompassing the areas of neuroscience, cardiovascular health, men’s health, musculoskeletal, autoimmune disease, Alzheimer’s disease, pain, and Managed Healthcare Services.

Azar previously served as vice president of Lilly’s U.S. Managed Healthcare Services and Puerto Rico from 2009-2011. He joined Lilly in 2007 as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications.

Before his tenure at Lilly, Azar was the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2005-2007), where he was the number two official and chief operating officer for the largest civilian cabinet department in the U.S. government, with a budget of $698 billion and more than 66,000 employees reporting up to him. From 2001-2005, he served HHS as General Counsel.

Azar earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in government and economics from Dartmouth College in 1988, and a law degree from Yale University in 1991. After law school, he clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Azar serves on the boards of HMS Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: HMSY), the American Council on Germany (Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee), and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He previously served on the Boards of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) (Executive Committee and Co-Chairman of the Reimbursement Committee), the Healthcare Leadership Council (Treasurer), the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Indianapolis Airport Authority (Chairman of the Human Resources Committee).


Alex Michael Azar II: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg
Mr. Alex Michael Azar, II served as the President of Lilly USA LLC at Eli Lilly and Company from January 1, 2012 to February 1, 2017. Mr. Azar served as Vice ...

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