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People, January, 2006

sanofi-aventis UK chairman and managing director, Nigel Brooksby, has been named as president designate of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

sanofi-aventis UK chairman and managing director, Nigel Brooksby, has been named as president designate of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). He takes over from current ABPI president, Vincent Lawton, of Merck Sharpe & Dohme UK, in April this year, to serve for a two-year term. Nigel graduated in biological sciences in 1973, joining Sanofi-Synth labo in 1992. He is chairman of the ABPI Commercial Affairs Group and has been a member of the ABPI Board of Management since 1999.

Cheryl Hall has been hired as head of European regulatory affairs for Bayer Healthcare's consumer care division. With over 20 years' experience in this field, Cheryl previously served as head of European regulatory affairs for Johnson & Johnson MSD, and before that as global head of regulatory affairs for non-prescription R&D at SmithKline Beecham. Cheryl also served as president of The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) from June 2004 until June 2005. She was the first representative of a consumer healthcare firm to hold the post.

York Pharma has appointed Dr Allan Salem as non-executive director with immediate effect. Allan was previously senior business development manager at Mundipharma International before joining Bioglan Pharma as pharmaceutical and business development manager in 1998. Since 2002, he has worked as a pharmaceutical industry consultant for a number of international companies. He has also worked for May & Baker and Ethypharma SA.

Dr Richard Dyer has been appointed as chief executive of the Biosciences Federation. Richard is currently director and chief executive of the Babraham Research Institute in Cambridge. He replaces Dr Mike Withnall, who retired at the end of last year.

Aegate, the specialist venture company for PA Consulting, has appointed Gary Noon as CEO. Gary has 25 years' experience in the pharma industry, where he has held senior posts in marketing, business development, sales and general management. He has worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Glaxo Wellcome, Roche and Warner Lambert. Gary was also president of IMS Health in the US.

Immunotherapeutics firm PowderMed has named Dr Bill Henry as global vice president of manufacturing. Bill joins PowderMed from UCB Pharma/Celltech, where he was responsible for worldwide supply of licensed products and development of capacity and systems. In his new role at PowderMed, he will be a member of the executive management team and his responsibilities will include defining a global manufacturing strategy, negotiating funding solutions and developing an outsourcing strategy.

Northbank Communications has made two appointments; Adam Michael and Ben Routley. Adam arrives as account director; he was previously director of his own biotech-focused consultancy, Placenta Publicity. Ben joins as senior account executive. Prior to joining Northbank, he worked as a research associate at the University of Manchester on a BBSRC-funded Exploiting Genomics Initiative.

Phil Sheldon has been named managing director of Resolute Communications. He relocated from the US in March 2005 to take up a seat on Resolute's board, following a 25-year career spanning both corporate and agency communications in the healthcare arena. Most recently he was managing director at Lippe Taylor. Resolute's founding partners Paul Blackburn and Anna Korving will share the role of chief executive.

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Athena Medical PR has announced four promotions: Former senior account director, Beverley Evans has been promoted to director and will lead the agency's UK business unit. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 20 years and had extensive experience in sales and marketing before choosing to specialise in healthcare communications. Lucy Howell, who joined Athena in 2004 from Galliard Healthcare Communications, has been promoted to the position of senior account manager. She previously led an account team on a professional education and media relations programme. Other team members to start the New Year in new roles are Tanya West, who has been promoted to account manager and Leah Baldwin who has been promoted to senior account executive.

Sue Kilby has been made head of UK business at Total Healthcare Solutions. In her new role, Sue will be responsible for developing strategy and helping pharmaceutical companies maximise opportunities on new and existing products. She joins the company from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Wyndham Clark has been appointed as senior account director within the over-the-counter (OTC) advertising group at Woolley Pau. Wyndham joins the agency from JWT where he was an account director overseeing work done for Bayer.

Jo Varney has joined the Cohn & Wolfe healthcare team as associate director. Jo, who previously worked as a programme director at Shire Health International, will be leading international Novartis ophthalmics and AstraZeneca accounts. Reporting to C&W Healthcare joint MDs Jacinta Collins and Jeremy Clark, she will work alongside the management team including practice leader Fiona McMillan and director Jo Spadaccino.

Jon Hodgson has been named as managing director of recruitment specialists, Inventive Solutions. Jon has 15 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry in a range of sales and marketing roles, including as MD of Ventiv Health and most recently sales director at Lundbeck UK. The firm has also hired Sue Mayne as project administrator and Laura Brooks as recruitment assistant.

Baxter Healthcare has made two new appointments. Chris Easton, who has been at the company for four years, has taken on the role of product manager in anaesthesia. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for the implementation of the launch plan for Sevoflurane. He has spent the last 10 months in a sales and marketing role with responsibility for the Pharmacy Automation business. He previously worked on the launch of Viaflo, Baxter's non-PVC IV bags. Baxter has also hired Nicky Sturt as senior product manager for the nutrition and biopharma solutions business. She returns to Baxter after five years in pharmaceutical advertising agencies. While at Baxter she worked within European and UK marketing during the 1990s, involved in supporting a range of products.

Medicus International has announced four promotions among senior staff. Jane Smith takes the role of director of client services; she joined Medicus International in 1997 and has gained extensive medical education knowledge across several therapy areas. Dr Max Brady has been promoted to client service team director. He has over 10 years' experience in medical education, including over two years on assignment in New York. Lynsey Mulligan has also been promoted to client service team director while Dr Vineeta Rayan has taken on the role of publications director, responsible for overseeing the agency's publications and information services departments.

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