Our Global Compliance Team

Zimmer Biomet’s global Compliance team is comprised of highly skilled and dedicated lawyers and compliance professionals in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, and China.

The team includes four regional compliance teams supporting the business in the US & Canada; Latin America; Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions, as well as four global compliance teams responsible for compliance operations, investigations, trade compliance and compliance monitoring. Collectively, the teams work to ensure Zimmer Biomet team members have the training, tools and guidance necessary to perform their jobs in a legal, ethical and compliant manner.

Compliance Officers

Angela is the head of Zimmer Biomet’s global Compliance function and the regional Legal function in Asia Pacific. She is responsible for the provision of a broad spectrum of legal and compliance advice and solutions to both the Zimmer Biomet organization as a whole and to the Asia Pacific business entities, including the implementation of compliance policies and training to Team Members and business partners as well as the screening of business partners.

Prior to joining Zimmer Biomet in 2010, Angela worked for Covidien in Singapore, Lloyds TSB Bank plc in London and Texas Instruments in its European and Asia Pacific regional offices. She has extensive international legal and compliance experience in the healthcare, financial services and technology sectors.

Benjamin Kwak serves as Vice President, Global Compliance Functions, and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer. Benji is responsible for global Compliance functions, which include compliance monitoring, investigations, operations and third-party compliance teams. He also oversees efforts to detect, prevent and deter misconduct; and to drive measurable improvements to the Compliance program.

Benji joined the company in February 2014. Before joining Zimmer Biomet, Benji was in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he focused on white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and corporate compliance matters. He regularly represented multinational corporations before the DOJ and SEC in matters involving the FCPA, and has conducted internal investigations and anti-corruption compliance reviews throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America. Benji received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He is a licensed attorney in New York and Washington, D.C.

 

Blaine joined Zimmer Biomet in 2011 and was responsible for product liability litigation and risk management. In 2015, he joined the Compliance Department and currently serves as Vice President and Compliance Officer for the U.S. and Canada and serves on the Orthopedics Group leadership team.   Blaine spent 5 years in private practice focusing primarily on employment litigation in federal and state courts.   He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Notre Dame Law School.  

Heidi has led the Zimmer Biomet EMEA Compliance team since 2010. Before joining Compliance, Heidi spent eight years as Associate Counsel in the Zimmer Biomet EMEA Legal Department. Heidi has extensive international experience in legal and compliance-related topics in the medical device industry, and she has been an active member of the compliance committees for various medical device industry associations in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Zimmer Biomet, Heidi served several years as Legal Counsel for SAir Group, the holding entity of Swissair Ltd. She graduated from the Eberhard-Karl University of Tubingen, Germany, with a degree in law and obtained a second state exam in law at the District Court Constance, Germany. Heidi also holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Berne, Switzerland and is a graduated Compliance Officer (Univ.) from University of Augsburg, Germany.

Paul joined Zimmer Biomet in March 2019 to lead the Asia Pacific Compliance team. In this role, he is responsible for managing and overseeing all legal and compliance matters as well as implementing global legal and compliance initiatives in the APAC region. He is based in Singapore. Before joining Zimmer Biomet, Paul worked at Norton Rose Fulbright as Of Counsel in their Singapore office, providing legal and compliance support to clients in Asia Pacific and around the globe with a focus on white collar crime, anti-corruption compliance, and internal investigations.

Santiago joined Zimmer Biomet in July 2019 to lead the Latin America Compliance team and provide support to the business units operating in that region. Santiago is based in Miami, Fla., and brings more than 20 years of international experience in diverse industries, such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, technology and telecommunications to ZB. He spent nearly a decade at Covidien, where he served as Vice President, General Counsel, Latin America, and most recently, he served as Executive Director and International Counsel, Latin America, at Alexion Pharmaceuticals.

Global Compliance Offices

Lina joined Zimmer Biomet in August 2019 as Vice President of Global Investigations Counsel. She is based in Washington, D.C. As head of the Global Compliance Investigations team, Lina provides strategic oversight and support to the team, in addition to leading internal investigations and advising on remediation. Lina joined Zimmer Biomet from Baker McKenzie, where she was a partner in their compliance and investigations practice. She has extensive experience advising companies on anti-corruption compliance matters with an emphasis on internal investigations, including in the context of U.S. government investigations, and has supervised and conducted internal investigations around the world.

Josh joined Zimmer Biomet in 2016 as Vice President, Global Compliance Operations, following a six-month secondment to the Global Compliance Operations team.  Prior to joining Zimmer Biomet, Josh spent eight years at two international law firms, focusing on white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and corporate compliance matters.  Josh’s practice included representations of multi-national companies and individuals in white collar criminal proceedings before U.S. regulators, and federal and state prosecutors.  He holds a B.A. in English and Theology and an M.A. in Theology from Boston College, as well as a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

Carrie serves as Vice President, Global Compliance Monitoring & Internal Controls at Zimmer Biomet. She began her career in the medical device industry 16 years ago, working over a decade at Zimmer in various finance and compliance roles. Prior to joining legacy Biomet, Carrie spent four years with GE Healthcare addressing transparency and FCPA compliance. She has a Master of Arts degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is currently pursuing Ph.D. coursework in Psychology. She received an MBA in healthcare management from Indiana Wesleyan University and Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and marketing from the Indiana Institute of Technology.

Dan is Vice President on the Global Third Party Compliance team at Zimmer Biomet, a role he assumed in December 2018. He joined Zimmer Biomet in 2015 as part of the APAC Legal & Compliance function. Before that, Dan spent five years at an international law firm based in Washington, D.C., where he focused on civil and criminal litigation, government investigations and corporate compliance matters. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Steve joined Zimmer Biomet in July 2019 as Director, Global Trade Compliance. In this role, he leads the Global Trade Compliance team. Steve joined Zimmer Biomet from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Trade in Washington, D.C. Beginning his career as a customs inspector, he moved to the CBP in 2009 to serve as Acting Executive Director, Trade Policy and Programs, before becoming Deputy Executive Director, Office of Trade, where he provided oversight and direction for five divisions. He retired from that position prior to joining Zimmer Biomet. He is based in Warsaw, Ind.

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