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People, January, 2010

Recent high-profile moves in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industriesMover of the month is David Fisher who has been appointed managing director of newly-formed company, Healthcare Advocate

Mover of the month

 David Fisher

David Fisher, former commercial director with The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), has been appointed managing director of newly-formed company, Healthcare Advocate, launched to provide strategic communication and knowledge solutions to senior management in the healthcare industry. David has more than 25 years' experience within the pharmaceutical industry in both the UK and US, working with Ciba Geigy, Pfizer and sanofi-aventis. Other directors of Healthcare Advocate are: managing director of PMGroup, Mark Savage as CEO; marketing director of PMGroup, Trish Savage and Dawn Stallwood who is a partner of law firm Thomas Eggar LLP. Dawn will provide strategic commercial support on a part-time basis.


Serge Weinberg will replace Jean-Francois Dehecq as chairman of sanofi-aventis after the annual meeting in May 2010, following shareholder approval. In the interim he replaces Gunter Thielen as a director, who has resigned for personal reasons. Serge holds a bachelor's degree in law, a graduate degree of Institut d'Études Politiques and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration. He was chief of staff of the French Budget Minister in 1981, then deputy general manager for finance at French television channel FR3, before becoming CEO and then chairman of the Havas Tourisme Group. He later moved to the Pallas Finance and the Pinault Group and was chairman and CEO of Rexel from 1991 to 1995. He chaired the management board of the PPR Group for 10 years and founded investment firm, Weinberg Capital Partners. He is on the supervisory board of Schneider Electric and was non-executive chairman of the board of the Accor Group from 2006 to 2009.

Serge Weinberg


Yvonne Lamb

Norgine has appointed Dr Yvonne Lamb as director, Global Pharmacovigilance, with effect from January 25. A qualified physician, Yvonne has extensive industry experience, serving most recently as Pharmacovigilance Therapy Area head for Respiratory at GlaxoSmithKline, prior to which she led the firm's Pharmacovigilance Therapy Area for Neurosciences. In former roles, she worked in medical evaluation at Roche, as UK medical director at Searle and led the UK clinical development team for SmithKline Beecham, including a period as medical director for Australia.


Kay Wesley has joined Complete Medical Group as director of digital media, working across all the CMG agencies, including Complete Medical Communications and Complete HealthVizion, to lead the strategy and delivery of integrated digital communications for CMG's clients. Kay's career has spanned several industries, 16 of which have been in the pharmaceutical industry. She has worked in strategy, marketing, branding, public relations and integrated communications at global and local levels. Kay has more than a decade's interactive marketing experience, including five years as global director, eMarketing at AstraZeneca

 Kay Wesley

Rebecca Rhodes

Virgo HEALTH has made a number of new appointments and promotions. Rebecca Rhodes has been taken on in the new position of creative director. Rebecca joins from Cohn & Wolfe, where she led the consumer division. With over 13 years' experience of working with consumer brands, Rebecca previously ran Hill and Knowlton's Youth and Consumer division and co-launched PiranhaKid, a creative conflict agency. Katie Banks has been appointed as senior account manager. Previously at Ketchum, she has experience in oncology, virology, gynaecology and respiratory medicine. Meredith Guest has been promoted to director after four years at Virgo. Tim Geldard becomes associate director after five years at Virgo HEALTH. Ondine Whittington becomes associate director. Emily Brooks becomes account director after four years at Virgo HEALTH and Carly Ambrose becomes account manager.


Jane Seaton will join Tonic Life Communications in February in the newly created role of director of lifestyle. She comes from Red Door Communications, where she was head of consumer. Before that she was an associate director at Cohn & Wolfe for five years and worked at Shandwick International as well as Nexus Choat.

 Jane Seaton

Michael Scott, Clive, Anisha and Michael Collinson from Medicus International

Medicus International has promoted Michael Scott to account director. In addition, Clive Regan becomes senior account executive and Michael Collinson takes the role of account manager. Anisha Mehra joins the agency as associate medical writer.


The Alternative has expanded with the addition of three new employees. Melody Fern Strange, formerly commercial director for Street Stuff, becomes new business development director. Joanne Hunt, formerly associate director for Evoke Marketing Events, becomes key accounts director and Kirsty Carver, formerly event manager for UBM Information, takes the post of project co-ordinator.      

Melody Fern StrangeJoanne HuntKirsty Carver



Louise, Henry, Sarah and Matthew from ScopeMedical
Jennifer DuffyAndrew Wightman

ScopeMedical has expanded its team with six new appointments. Louise Carrington becomes a project co-ordinator, having recently completed a masters degree in chemistry. Henry Snyder also becomes a project co-ordinator, having recently graduated with a BSc in medical physiology at Leicester University. Sarah Wallace takes the third project co-ordinator role. She has a BSc in human sciences and joins on the company's graduate scheme. Matthew Boot joins the editorial team as senior medical writer. With nearly 10 years' experience in academia and the biotech/pharma industry, Matt has worked in therapy areas including cardiology, oncology and neuropathy. Prior to his academic and professional career, Matt gained a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Imperial College London. Jennifer Duffy takes the role of medical writer. She holds an MSc in biochemistry and has worked as a medical writer on regulatory documents including drug licence applications, clinical trial reports, patient information leaflets and interactive sales team training packages. Andrew Wightman joins in the new position of events manager. He has over 10 years' experience initiating and managing meetings.


Merck & Co has made two key appointments. Dr Julie Gerberding joins as president of Merck Vaccines, with effect from January 25, 2010. She led the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as director from 2002 to 2009. Dr Gerberding has received more than 50 awards and honours, including the US Department of Health and Human Services Distinguished Service Award. Dr Michael Rosenblatt, the dean of Tufts University School of Medicine in the US, has been named as Merck & Co's executive vice president and chief medical officer. Dr Rosenblatt has been at Tufts since 2003. He is a former professor of Harvard Medical School and was Harvard faculty dean and director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

Claire Martin is to join Bayer in Germany in the global market access division. Previously Ruder Finn's head of healthcare, Martin has spent more than 12 years in the healthcare PR industry and has worked on global, European and UK programmes.

Penn Pharma has appointed Hywel Evans as non-executive director. During his 35-year career, Hywel has occupied senior sales, marketing and management roles for AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk, Takeda and Quintiles. He has also served on numerous boards and is currently chairman of West Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.

The BioIndustry Association (BIA) has appointed Nigel Gaymond as chief executive officer. Most recently president of Gaymond International, Nigel has had a range of roles in the international life sciences sector for over 20 years.  

Synovate has appointed Steve Lowery to the role of group head, custom healthcare. He comes from Kantar Health and has over 14 years' experience in healthcare market research from roles at TNS on the agency side, and Janssen-Cilag and Pfizer on the client side. He has been head of research for the UK domestic division at TNS Healthcare and, most recently, European client account director.

Linda Banks has been promoted to editor of Pharmaceutical Marketing Europe, having been deputy editor of this and Pharmaceutical Marketing for the past year. She has over 20 years' publishing experience in editing and news writing roles, ranging across business magazines and newspapers. 

Gareth Davies, head of digital at MS&L London, has taken the role of vice chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) digital group. He will work with the new PRCA chairman, Sarah Evans Toyne, from Broadgate Mainland, to define how the group supports digital leadership in 2010 and to ensure members of the PRCA have relevant digital skills and knowledge.

Sarah Rumball has joined STAR as financial controller. Sarah brings over 12 years of accounting experience to the position, accumulated at companies large and small.


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