Heidi Chen is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Zoetis, the world’s leading animal health company and a member of the Fortune 500. In this role, she is responsible for Zoetis' worldwide legal affairs, compliance and enterprise risk management process. Ms. Chen also has oversight responsibility for the company’s Human Health Diagnostics business.
As the founding Zoetis General Counsel, Ms. Chen built and scaled the company’s legal, compliance and global security functions. She also played a key strategic role in the Zoetis IPO in February 2013, including negotiation of separation and transition agreements, and support of regulatory filings.
Prior to Zoetis, Ms. Chen was a vice president and assistant general counsel, Pfizer Inc. and chief counsel, Pfizer Animal Health. She joined Pfizer in 1998 and held numerous legal positions of increasing responsibility, including lead counsel for Pfizer’s Established Products (generics) business.
Before Pfizer, Ms. Chen was in private practice at Clifford Chance in intellectual property and at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in litigation. She serves on the board of AALDEF, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 2016, she received the Justice in Action Award from AALDEF for her commitment to diversity. In 2023, under her oversight, Zoetis was named an Ethisphere World’s Most Ethical Company.
Ms. Chen earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and received a Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School. She participated in Columbia Business School’s Executive Education Program.