Heidi Chen was appointed executive vice president and general counsel at Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) in October 2012. In this role, she is responsible for Zoetis’s worldwide legal affairs, compliance and global security.
Since January 2009, Heidi served as assistant general counsel, Pfizer Inc. and chief counsel, Pfizer Animal Health. Heidi joined Pfizer in 1998 and held numerous legal positions supporting Pfizer’s pharmaceuticals business, including lead counsel and assistant general counsel for Pfizer’s Established Products (generics) business in 2008. She also supported Pfizer’s Corporate Internal Audit group.
Before coming to Pfizer, Heidi was in private practice at Clifford Chance in intellectual property and at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in litigation. Heidi served on the board of PAR (Project for Attorney Retention), a not-for-profit initiative of the University of California’s Hastings College of Law aimed at promoting the retention and advancement of women in the legal profession by encouraging work/life balance for all attorneys.
Heidi earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University and received a Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School. She also has participated in Columbia Business School’s Executive Education Program.