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People, March, 2010

Recent high-profile moves in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industriesMover of the month is Mark Jones who has been appointed marketing company president of AstraZeneca UK, effective April 1, 2010

Mover of the month

 Mark Jones

Mark Jones has been appointed marketing company president of AstraZeneca (AZ) UK, effective April 1, 2010. Mark has more than 27 years' experience in the pharma industry, 22 of which have been with AZ. His most recent role was president and CEO of AZ, Canada, prior to which he was vice president responsible for primary care within global marketing. He has held a number of leadership roles in global marketing including tenure as the head of the product, strategy and licensing (PS&L) cardiovascular group. For a short period before the merger that created AZ, Mark operated the Zeneca Business in Germany and prior to that worked in business management, where he was responsible for a number of European markets. He will replace Philippa Rodriguez, who has accepted a position to lead a strategic project within the global commercial organisation at AZ.

Weber Shandwick has promoted managing director Lucie Harper (pictured - top) to group MD. Lucy joined Weber Shandwick in 2005 after spending seven years at Shire Health London. In addition,  the agency has promoted deputy MD, Brian Tjugum (pictured - bottom), to head the agency's European public health practice. Brian also joined in 2005, serving as deputy MD of the UK healthcare practice. He has 18 years' professional health communications experience in London, Brussels, New York and Washington, DC. Lucie HarperBrian Tjugum

Graham Clapperton  

Pharmaceutical Development Services (PDS) has hired Graham Clapperton as associate director of its frontline consultancy team, where he will be responsible for quality and compliance services. Previously Graham spent 35 years at 3M, as European quality manager for the last 12 years.

Chamberlain Healthcare Public Relations has appointed Jonathan Wilson (pictured) to president and Deborah Cohen to chief operating officer. Both Jonathan and Deborah have been long-standing members of the company's senior management team. Jonathan was managing director and global practice leader, while Deborah was managing partner. The promotions follow those in 2009 of Jennifer O'Neill and Reba Auslander to executive vice presidents, and the recent appointment of Mark Cater to managing director, Chamberlain UK. Richard Chamberlain, current president, will relinquish his day-to-day responsibilities on March 1 and serve as an adviser. Jonathan has extensive European and US health communications experience.


Jonathan WIlson


Alison Squire

Alison Squire has joined Lane Earl Cox as international account director. Previously, she worked at HC&B Healthcare, as well as Torre Lazure McCann Healthcare, Sudler & Hennessey and Paling Ellis KPR. She will be leading the Abilify and Sustiva accounts for BMS and Caelyx for Schering-Plough.

Sudler & Hennessey has promoted Max Jackson to CEO of both its EMEA and APAC regions. Max, who was formerly responsible for leading the S&H EMEA region, now has responsibility for over 30 dedicated healthcare offices on three continents. He has extensive global marketing experience, having worked in healthcare communications for 19 years on both the client-side and in various agencies. He has spent the last eight years leading large healthcare communications networks globally. In addition, 10 new members join S&H's expanding team. Phil Adams, as group account director, Sally Blanco, as account director and Hannah Bissex, as senior account manager bring over 40 years' of collective experience in managing healthcare business to the account handling division, while Guy Buckland joins the creative team as head of copy, Julian Wakeley as head of interactive, Fadia Dekoune as art director, Kylie Clayton and Linne Jenkin as copywriters and Clare Lewin as creative traffic executive. Dr Vernon Bainton also joins as medical director.

The Sudler Team


Emma Pinder and John Francis

JYC Global has expanded its team with the appointment of Emma Pinder (pictured - left) as account director and John Francis (pictured - right) as creative director. Emma has over 12 years' account handling experience within full-service creative agencies. She has worked on strategy, marketing, new media and integrated communication campaigns for consumer brands and healthcare. John bring 20 years' experience as a creative director, award-winning designer, illustrator and photographic art director. He has worked for a number of blue chip clients in healthcare, the public sector and automotive industry.

Adrian Hodges has joined GlaxoSmithKline as vice president of corporate responsibility and global community partnerships. He joins from the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) where he has worked since 1997, most recently as managing director. Prior to IBLF, Adrian headed communications at ethical retailer The Body Shop International. Other changes in the company include the appointment of Home Secretary Alan Johnson's special adviser, Jo Revill, as director of media for global product and pipeline news.

Charles Gutteridge has been appointed as the first national clinical director for informatics at the Department of Health. Previously he was the medical director at Barts and the London Trust and a consultant haematologist both at Barts and at Newham General Hospital. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists. 

Mike Kan has joined Cohn & Wolfe as global healthcare practice leader, based in London, and will report directly to Donna Imperato, CEO of Cohn & Wolfe. He joins the agency from Edelman where he was head of healthcare for EMEA. He assumes the role from Linda Dyson who will lead Cohn & Wolfe's healthcare public affairs offering. She joined Cohn & Wolfe in 2009 from Roche where she was director of public affairs.

Sandy Royden is leaving Huntsworth Health after five years with the company. She joined the agency in May 2005, and progressed to European CEO in early 2008, leading the European integration and spearheading the delivery of the brand and medical communications, digital, market access and more latterly the market research offerings. There is no direct replacement for Sandy, as the business realigns into a global structure.

Healthcare PR agency, Spink, has hired Lisa Pantelli to manage existing OTC clients as well as to work across the agency's new business wins. With over six years' blue chip private and public sector experience gained at Midnight Communications and Weber Shandwick, Lisa brings a wealth of consumer expertise to the Spink team.

Synexus has appointed Jeremy Hickling as its senior vice president, portfolio management. A chemistry graduate, Jeremy spent 11 years working in the pharma industry. He was previously a senior director within the late-phase PACE group for leading CRO, Parexel. Prior to this, he worked as the head of UK planning and operations for Biogen Idec.

Professor Steven Hla Myint has joined OnMedica as executive chairman. Steve is a physician with broad experience at Board and executive levels in academia and biopharmaceuticals. He is a former Professor and Dean of Medicine and Health and medical director at GlaxoSmithKline, as well as a former senior independent director in the NHS and Board member of Care International.

Kantar Health has appointed Ceri Thomas as head of global marketing. In this role, he will develop and implement Kantar Health's global marketing strategies. For the past two years, he has led the global client accounts team for TNS Healthcare, now Kantar Health. Prior to this he spent 18 years at Pfizer, most recently as director team leader, European brand analytics.

Hanson Search has hired Ben Pickering to the health team. in his new role, Ben will focus on public affairs recruitment in both the UK and Brussels.

Obituary – Philip Allmark:
Philip Allmark, managing director of Gemini Healthcare Services, passed away in the early hours of February 13, at the age of 50. Philip joined CliniMed in 1988 as a sales rep, was promoted to regional manager in 1990, and became national sales manager in 1994. Subsequently, he became general manager, marketing and sales for both CliniMed and CliniFlex, prior to his joining the Board of CliniMed in October 1997 as sales and marketing director. In January 1999 he became managing director of CliniMed, a post he held with distinction until his appointment as managing director of Gemini Healthcare Services in October 2007. Philip was a gentleman, first-class manager and director, loyal Clinimed Group associate and a friend to many. He will be sorely missed. 



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