Christopher A. Cerone is Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs for Zimmer Biomet, based in Washington, D.C. Chris joined then-Zimmer in 2004, started the company’s government affairs function, and has successfully built out the function globally. He has responsibility for establishing and administering the company’s policy and advocacy activities on a variety of state, federal and international policy issues, and communicates regularly to the company’s Leadership Team and Board of Directors. Zimmer Biomet is a Fortune 500 medical device company.
Chris is a member of the Business-Government Relations Council’s Board of Directors and currently serves as its Vice President, after having served as its Program Chair in 2019 and Secretary and Treasurer in 2020. Chris also serves on the Advisory Board for The Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics at Washington and Lee University. In 2012-2013, he served as President of the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council, which is the leading medical device trade group in the state of Indiana.
Chris joined then-Zimmer from AdvaMed, where he held the position of Associate Vice President, Global Strategy and Analysis, leading the medical device association’s policy and advocacy initiatives in key European markets and starting up the association’s China program. Chris also worked for Eli Lilly and Company (1995-2000), where he held the titles of Senior Associate, Global Economic Affairs and Associate, Public Policy. Chris’ professional experience also includes a stint with the U.S. Department of Commerce (1992-1995) as an International Trade Specialist, focusing on trade policy issues related to China, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Chris holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He also studied Russian language at the University of Virginia’s Summer Foreign Language Institute.