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Courtney Piron

Executive Director and Global Health Care Practice Lead

Courtney Piron, executive director, is APCO Worldwide's global health care practice lead based in Washington, D.C. She specializes in advising clients on health policy issues and communicating their positions to key audiences. Ms. Piron has more than 20 years of experience in health policy, government relations and crisis communication.

Ms. Piron has extensive background in policy development and strategic communication for the health care sector. Prior to joining APCO, Ms. Piron served as a director in the economic & policy research group, a division of corporate affairs at Pfizer Inc. At Pfizer, Ms. Piron’s primary areas of responsibility included health system reform, policy communication, the industry’s economic contribution to states and U.S. regulatory policy issues. Ms. Piron has extensive knowledge about pharmaceutical and biotech policy issues, health care reform, Medicare coverage and reimbursement, disease management, and Food and Drug Administration regulatory policy. She was a frequent speaker on public policy issues facing the pharmaceutical industry and served as a source to the media on issues related to the field.

Before joining Pfizer in 2001, Ms. Piron was director of health policy for Wyeth. During her five-year tenure she was responsible for analyzing federal health policy related to the pharmaceutical business and developing policy positions. Ms. Piron previously worked as a communication consultant with Burson-Marsteller in its lobbying and crisis management departments in both Washington, D.C., and New York.

Ms. Piron holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Dickinson College and a Master of Public Administration in public policy from the University of Pittsburgh.