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People, December, 2006

AstraZeneca's marketing arm has appointed Andrew Armes as the new head of career development

AstraZeneca's marketing arm has appointed Andrew Armes as the new head of career development. In this newly created role, Andrew will be responsible for ensuring that the company, culture and environment is conducive to getting the best from 2,000 employees across all directorates. He will work closely with senior management teams, making sure that employee engagement is central to the `people' strategy for the company. Prior to his new role, Andrew was head of talent and resourcing at AstraZeneca.

Steve Dyke has been appointed as head of resourcing at AstraZeneca, responsible for the development and delivery of the resourcing strategy for the company's UK marketing arm. One of Steve's main aims in his new role is to identify and recruit the most talented people to secure AstraZeneca's position in the marketplace. He has held a number of roles at the company, most recently delivering recruitment best-practice within its international sales and marketing division.

The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has appointed Professor Hans-Georg Eichler as senior medical officer. Prof Eichler, who will take up his new post in February 2007, is currently Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Medical University of Vienna and a member of the CHMP Scientific Advice Working Party.

Dr Simon Douglas has been appointed as CEO of Fusion Antibodies, a therapeutic antibody firm focused on novel target indentification for oncology and angiogenesis. Dr Douglas was previously chief executive of DNA Research Innovations, a start-up venture established in 2000 and bought by Invitrogen in 2004.

The human vaccines business of Organon BioSciences, Nobilon, has hired Joost Helsen as general manager. Nobilon is a strategic initiative between Intervet and Organon. Joost joined Organon in 1985 and held several positions in the organisation before joining Intervet in 1995 as controller. Most recently, he was in charge of manufacturing and logistics at Intervet International, a role he held for three years.

Solvay has appointed Stephanie Barnett as HR director responsible for UK and Republic of Ireland operations. Stephanie joins the company from World Class. Prior to this, she worked for Wyeth where she became the first ever HR manager to become part of the senior management forum.

Gavin Ramsay has been hired as regional sales manager at Actelion. In his new role, Gavin will be responsible for sales in the south of England. He has 22 years' experience of the pharma industry, most recently as regional sales manager at Schering-Plough.

Professor Trevor Jones has joined the advisory board of Aegate, the pharmaceutical authentication firm. Former Director General of the ABPI and board member of EFPIA and IFPMA, Prof Jones brings a wealth of expertise and experience to Aegate as it rolls out its patient safety solution in the developing world.

Steven Gray, the former compliance officer at Astra-Zeneca UK, has launched his own consultancy aimed at improving corporate com-pliance in the pharma industry. Steven Gray Consulting aims to provide support and counsel to medical, marketing, regulatory and promotional affairs teams across the country. It will focus on three specific business areas, including interpretation and implementation of the ABPI Code of Practice, establishing and improving corporate governance policies and identifying hidden potential compliance risks. Steven has 17 years' experience working in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of roles.

Caroline Green has been hired as business development manager at Caroline has more than 15 years' experience of the pharmaceutical industry in medical education, marketing, sales and training.

Gr˙nenthal has made five new appointments to expand its growing base in the UK and Republic of Ireland: Nick Spruce, UK director of sales; Sharon Driver, head of marketing; Mariene Ba, clinical trials manager; Byron Neave, regulatory affairs manager and Lesley Campbell, sales and marketing admin manager. Nick, who will lead a full primary and secondary care salesforce in the UK, joins from Innovex where he was operations director. Sharon, who will be responsible for overseeing the strategy across all Gr˙nenthal brands, joins the company from Bristol-Myers Squibb where she was marketing manager of the neurosciences division.


Paling Walters has hired Russell Speed as copy chief. Russell, who worked previously at Ogilvy Healthword, has extensive experience working in both healthcare and consumer advertising across UK and global brands.

Resolute has made six new appointments: Con Franklin as account director; Caroline Barnett as senior medical writer; Joanne Fullam as account manager; and Tara Finch, Meera Nathan and Jessica Bennett as junior account executives; Con joins the agency from Morgan Allen Moore where, for the past seven years, he has managed healthcare public affairs initiatives for clients including, Abbott Laboratories and Boston Scientific. Caroline has almost 10 years' experience of strategic and editorial expertise in medical education across a number of therapy areas including, allergy, nephrology, oncology and osteoporosis.

Ash Healthcare has hired Ellen Sarewitz as a director. Ellen joins the agency from Burson Marsteller, where she was director in the healthcare practice for over four years. She has worked in pharmaceutical marketing and healthcare communications for 20 years. In her new role she will work alongside Carys Thomas Ampofo, who heads up Ash Communications' PR and medical education division.

Medicom has promoted Sarah Dyson to account manager and Alice Smallman to senior account executive. The agency has also hired Smitha Kusumakar as account executive. Smitha has recently completed an MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In addition, Medibrand, the branding and creative division of Medicom Group, has hired graphic designer Scott Smith.

Advertsing agency BCR has appointed Bryce Main as a senior writer. Bryce joins from McCann Erickson and will be responsible for overseeing copy for all BCR clients.

Woolley Pau has hired George Rintari as an account administrator. Prior to joining the agency, George worked in the coffee trade and public relations. He has a degree in advertising and marketing.

Christopher Allen has been hired as business development manager for the UK and Europe at Zaicom MMC. Christopher has over six years' experience of medical communications and 12 years' commercial development and marketing experience gained from other sectors. In his new role he will be responsible for pre-launch communications.

Perry Evans has joined RSA in charge of interim management at RSA Interims. He has 20 years' experience in recruitment and will be helping pharma and biotech firms identify interim managers.

P&MM has appointed Antonia Breese as sales promotion marketing assistant. In her new role, she will be involved in a number of the firm's marketing activities including, sales and support at exhibitions and events.

Two new appointments have been made at Munro & Forster Communications' healthcare practice: Tara Cannell, as senior account executive, and Emma Overington, as account executive. Tara has four years' experience of regulatory affairs and worked previously at Labopharm Europe. Emma, who worked previously for Dewar Alexander Advertising, has two years' experience as a rep at Merck Sharpe & Dohme, detailing cardiovascular and diabetes products.

Munro & Forster has also launched a new corporate responsibility practice, which will be headed up by Jayanti Durai, the former head of corporate responsibility at Camelot. The new practice will offer strategic counsel, partnership development, stakeholder engagement and issues management. Jo White who has been appointed as account director will join Jayanti. Previously, Jo held senior communications roles at the Carbon Trust.


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