APCO Adds Experts in Strategic Health Partnerships, Public Health Policy to Health Advisory Board

Washington (October 9, 2014) – Stig Albinus, leader of APCO Worldwide’s health care practice announced today the addition of two new senior advisors to APCO’s Health Advisory Board (HAB), part of APCO’s International Advisory Council (IAC), Jack Faris, former CEO of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute and Lanhee Chen, Hoover Institution Fellow and former policy director of the 2012 Romney presidential campaign.

“I’m delighted to welcome Jack and Lanhee to APCO’s HAB. Their deep industry knowledge will be of great value to our clients and a welcome addition to this group of distinguished senior advisors,” said Albinus.

APCO’s HAB, is a specialty group within its IAC that is comprised of more than 20 former public health leaders, heads of communication of large pharmaceutical and insurance companies, and former health policy officials.

“Jack and Lanhee are respected experts in their respective fields in the health care industry, and I’m honored that they have joined APCO’s HAB,” said Margery Kraus, founder and CEO of APCO Worldwide. “A little more than three years since its launch in 2011, the HAB has provided our clients with even greater, expert counsel when crucial decisions confront them.”

  • As the CEO of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, Faris developed a strategic alliance with the Swedish Medical Center and the Washington global health community. He also served as president of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association and director of community strategies for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is currently an independent consultant working with organizations such as Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and University of Washington Clean Energy Institute.

  • Chen is a Bloomberg columnist and is the Director of Domestic Policy Studies in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University. He also teaches at Stanford Law School. Chen's current research focuses on health policy, campaigns and elections, economic policy, and California policy and politics. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a member of the bipartisan and independent Social Security Advisory Board. As Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser and policy director for the Romney-Ryan presidential campaign, Chen was responsible for developing the campaign’s domestic and foreign policy. He also formerly served as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and worked as an associate attorney with international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
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