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People, March, 2009

Recent high-profile moves in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries

Mover of the month is Steve Oldfield who becomes general manager of sanofi-aventis UK in June 2009

Mover of the month

Steve Oldfield 

Steve Oldfield becomes general manager of sanofi-aventis UK in June 2009. Since joining the company in the UK in 1994, Steve has been marketing director and business unit director in Mexico, general manager in Thailand and Korea, and vice president cardiovascular franchise, global marketing in Paris. He was appointed commercial operations director for sanofi-aventis UK in April 2007. He holds a degree in modern languages from Sheffield University and speaks five languages. He began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1986. Sanofi-aventis' UK chairman and managing director, Nigel Brooksby, becomes non-executive chairman until retirement in 2010.

 

Penn Pharma has appointed Darren Hassey as operations director at the company's Welsh headquarters. Darren has experience in operations roles across the pharmaceutical industry spanning development, quality, in-licensing, manufacturing and operational excellence. He holds a first class degree in chemistry and a master of philosophy degree in pharmaceutical science. Previously, Darren spent seven years at Catalent, and prior to that, he was at GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca. He will be responsible for all operational areas on site, which means that Paul Thomas, formerly pharmaceutical services director, has taken on a new role as chief scientific officer and John Roberts, formerly commercial and manufacturing director, has become commercial director for Europe and the rest of the world. Darren Hassey

Nick White

Aegate has taken on Nick White as senior marketing manager. Nick will be assisting Aegate's European expansion following its success in Belgium and Greece. With over 15 years' experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, Nick joins from Janssen-Cilag, where he was product manager in the CNS Business Unit. Prior to that, he worked as operations manager at New England Biolabs Ltd. Nick has experience in marketing, sales management and e-business strategy.

Kath Cotton has joined Sudler & Hennessey as group account director, following three years at S&H in Sydney. Kath has a masters in biochemistry and eight years' experience in healthcare communications across advertising, medical education and publishing, in the UK and Australia. Kath's responsibilities include heading the teams for some of the agency's major accounts, as well as refining agency operations and developing new business.

Kath Cotton

Jessica Bigio

Jamie MacCarthy-Morrogh joins Pan Advertising as a copywriter. Having graduated from Edinburgh with a degree in genetics, he brings experience of both copywriting and medical writing from his time at Seven Stones and Chameleon Communications, respectively, and will be writing across UK and European accounts. Jessica Bigio also joins Pan Advertising as an account executive. Having graduated from Edinburgh University, where she gained a first class honours degree in pharmacology, Jessica will combine her strong academic background with a keen interest in brand communications across a range of brands and therapeutic areas.

 

Harry Armfield Lane Earl Cox has made two senior appointments to its creative and creative services departments. Harry Armfield, deputy creative director - copy, joins from Langland where he worked on key accounts. Harry has also worked at Pan Advertising, FCB Brussels, Saatchi & Saatchi and JWT Deltakos and has experience across a broad range of therapy areas. Brian Cottee, previously at Grey Healthcare Group, joins as creative services manager. In addition to managing the internal studio, Brian will oversee all aspects of production and further develop the digital offering. Brian Cottee

Anna Davydova-Nicholls Ci Research has appointed a new project manager. Anna Davydova-Nicholls will handle accounts for public sector clients including local authorities and Primary Care Trusts. She joins the company from Harris Interactive in Stockport where she was a senior research executive. Anna has an MSc from Manchester Metropolitan University and BA in Sociology and English from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Just:: Health PR has made five new appointments. Jo Dixon joins as senior consultant, Rose Lockett and Marian Molloy join as consultants, and Kiri Wilson and Emma Moreton join as junior consultants. Jo has seven years' experience working on global and UK communications for several cardiology products. Rose has experience in women's health, mental health and oncology. Marian has four years' experience in ethical and consumer health PR working in the areas of dermatology, osteoporosis and cardiology.  Kiri holds a law degree from Cardiff University and Emma holds a degree in politics from Lancaster University.
 Jo DixonRose Lockett

Marian MolloyKiri WilsonEmma Moreton


Norgine has taken on Dr Adam Love as director, business development. In this role, he will be reporting to Paul Pay, vice president of corporate and business development. Most recently, Adam was director, European business development at Cephalon, and prior to that he was the company's UK medical advisor. He is a qualified physician, having graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa, and holds an MBA from Durham University. He has practised medicine in both South Africa and the UK.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has appointed chairman and chief executive of News Corporation Europe and Asia, James Murdoch, as non-executive director from May 20. He will also become a member of GSK's corporate responsibility committee. On that day, Sir Ian Prosser and Dr Ronaldo Schmitz will retire from the board. Sir Robert Wilson will succeed Sir Ian as GSK's senior independent non-executive director. Sir Robert will step down as chairman of the remuneration committee and will be succeeded by Sir Crispin Davis. Professor Sir Roy Anderson will also join the audit committee.

Guy Lambert is joining Jones Knowles Ritchie in May, as managing director. Previously managing director of Ogilvy Advertising, he will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the company. Before that, he was joint managing director of OgilvyOne London and oversaw a restructuring of both the client service and creative departments.

Cohn & Wolfe has appointed Alison Wright as a director in the London healthcare practice. Previously head of oncology external affairs and communications for Europe at Novartis, Alison was responsible for regional programmes in both public relations and public policy. She has also worked at AstraZeneca as global PR manager. Alison has 16 years' healthcare industry experience, having worked in communications and marketing in the UK, Europe and globally. Jacinta Collins, currently managing director of the healthcare practice, will be leaving Cohn & Wolfe. Her position will not be replaced, and the new healthcare board will lead practice development.

Digital brand communications agency, Tonic, has strengthened its team with two senior appointments. New production director, Andrew Purdy, has over 10 years' online experience. Andrew will manage delivery, overseeing internal production, outsourcing and third party relationships. Previously, he was at Agency.com. Gordon Candelin is associate creative director and will work with high profile clients, including GlaxoSmithKline. He has 11 years' experience in the industry.

Louise Veale joins Brand(x) as client services director in PR. She has extensive consumer and health experience gained over a PR career that spans 14 years. Her last position was at Munro & Forster where she was associate director, making a profound difference to the creative output of the department with a series of award-winning campaigns.

Two new appointments have been made at Reynolds-MacKenzie. Senior account executive is Claire Greeff and junior account executive is Annabel Gillett. Claire has worked in ethical healthcare communications for over three years and joins after nearly two years at Cohn & Wolfe. She has worked across UK and international business. Annabel starts her career after graduating from Durham University with a degree in zoology.

Judith Cranford has been promoted to managing director, health and advocacy at MS&L, and Clare Lucker is the company's new UK head of healthcare. Judith will remain in the London office, working with international clients and building MS&L's European healthcare network and liaising with colleagues in Washington, Brussels and Boston. Prior to joining MS&L, Clare was a director and head of PR at Axon Communications. She has over 25 years' experience in the healthcare arena.

Emma Bowman joins Adventis Health division, Roundhouse, as account director. She has 18 years' experience in pharma, including working with SmithKline Beecham.

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