Speaker Biography
Alex M. Azar II
Vice President, Business-to-Business and Puerto Rico, LillyUSA;
former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
 
Alex M. Azar II became vice president of business-to-business and Puerto Rico for LillyUSA in April 2009 and is a member of the company’s senior management council. He joined the company as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications in June 2007, in which position he was also an executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company and a member of the firm’s executive and operations committees.

Azar received a bachelor degree summa cum laude with highest honors in government and economics from Dartmouth College in 1988. He earned his law degree at the Yale Law School in 1991, where he served as a member of the executive committee of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States. Azar was also a partner at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C.

From 2005 to 2007, Azar served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 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 over 66,000 employees reporting up to him. On behalf of the Secretary, he oversaw all HHS programs and operations, including Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, the regulation of food and drugs, public health emergency preparedness and response, and many other activities. From 2001 to 2005, he served HHS as General Counsel.

Secretary Azar has extensive global health diplomacy and international experience, including leading U.S. government efforts to encourage worldwide pharmaceutical and medical device innovation. He also served as the U.S. Co-Chair of the U.S.-E.U. Summit on Prevention and was a member of the U.S.-Ireland Research and Development Steering Committee.

Secretary Azar is a recipient of the Surgeon General’s Medallion, the highest medal awarded to civilians by the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

He is a member of the Board of the Indianapolis Airport Authority; the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Indianapolis Symphony Society, and the Health Coverage Foundation; as well as the Board of Trustees of the Healthcare Leadership Council. Secretary Azar also serves on the Dean’s External Advisory Board for the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Board of Advisors for the George Mason University School of Law, and the Nominating Committee of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He is also a member of the National Practitioners Advisory Council of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.