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People, May, 2008

Recent high-profiles moves in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries

  • John Lambert has joined Elstree-based Merz Pharma UK as sales and marketing director. He brings 16 years of pharma sales and marketing experience, gained at MSD, Zeneus and, most recently, as European marketing director for EUSA Pharma. John joins Merz as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. In his new role, reporting to UK managing director Stuart Rose, John will lead the expansion of the Merz CNS and aesthetic portfolios.


  • Martin Dawkins, CEO of Bayerís UK and Ireland operations, has taken on the additional role of country division head in the UK. Martin joined Bayer in 1986 and has held various posts in the UK, US, Japan and Denmark. He has worked primarily in diagnostics and medical equipment businesses and also has experience in the haematology and cardiology product fields.

  • Novartis has made two changes to its management team. Ludwig Hantson has been appointed head of US pharma business and Gary Rosenthal will supersede Paulo Costa as president of and CEO of Novartis US.

  • Ros Meek has been appointed director of the Arthritis and Musculo-Skeletal Alliance (ARMA), superseding the former interim director, Steve Milton. Ros previously managed government affairs at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. She has worked for professional bodies such as the Community Practitionersí and Health Visitorsí Association (CPHVA) and the Royal College of Nursing.


  • Rapp Collins Consumer Health has appointed Jon Lee as planning partner. Jon has over 20 years of healthcare communication and branding experience. Most recently he worked within the Huntsworth Health network where he was director of brand strategy and, previously, divisional director advertising.


  • Susan Khazenifar has been appointed business development manager at Current Medicine Group, where she will manage existing and new business for the company. Her new responsibilities will also include selling CMGís expanding list of products and services in print, communications and digital media. Susan has five yearsí marketing experience and has spent seven years working in strategic international business development within clinical intelligence gathering and medical communications. Susan has worked on products across a range of clinical specialties including oncology, cardiology, CNS, gastroenterology and respiratory medicine.

  • Euromedica has promoted Andy Macleod from managing director of UK business to COO of the company. Andy has over 20 yearsí experience in healthcare and has held senior positions with Glaxo and Procter & Gamble. He joined Euromedica in 1999.

  • Ash Communications has appointed Kelly Blaney as associate director to work alongside the current director across key healthcare accounts and new business. Kelly has worked for companies including Fuel PR, Packer Forbes Communications and BMA Communications. Before joining Ash, Kelly was senior account director at Munro & Forster, working on its OTC portfolio. She also completed a six-month secondment as Regaine brand manager for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.


  • Paul Keirnan has joined GCI London to head its healthcare team and serve as a member of the UK leadership panel. He has 15 yearsí experience in UK domestic and international marketing and has worked with companies such as Boots, BASF and Abbott. In addition, Paul has 10 years agency experience with Edelman, GCC and Sudler & Hennessey.

  • Resolute Communications has appointed Kirsty Mearns as associate director. Kirsty has nearly 10 yearsí experience in specialist healthcare communications and has worked in therapeutic areas such as renal medicine, ophthalmology and endocrinology. After joining Resolute in 2006, Kirsty worked on global and local public relations and medical education programmes. Her new role is to provide strategic counsel to her existing clients.

  • Anna Capers has been appointed account director of Hunstworth Healthís advertising division in Marlow. Having worked on direct to patient, OTC and prescription-only campaigns, Anna brings experience of therapeutic areas such as cardiology, endocrinology and urology.

  • Life Healthcare Communications has appointed Sloan Newman as account executive. Sloan previously worked for Manning Selvage & Lee in new business development.

  • Adventis Health has made three new appointments.


    Angella Tape and Alison Holland have been promoted to account manager roles at Affiniti and LeapFrog respectively. Angella works across a wide range of the agencyís clients, inlcuding Allergan, Roche and Leo. Jonathon Gardiner joins as account executive at Affiniti. Jonathon recently graduated from University College London with a BSc in genetics.

  • Kate Stokoe has joined ScopeMedical as a medical writer. Kate has a BSc degree in physiology and a PhD in cardiac electrophysiology from the University of Cambridge. She also spent the past year working as an account manager at a global medical communications agency.

  • Athena Medical PR has hired Charlotte James, Rawaa Abdalla and Danielle Smith. Charlotte has been appointed senior account director leading two key accounts in cardiology and psychiatry. Rawaa joins 


    as senior account manager and Danielle has been appointed account coordinator. She is a graduate from the University of Leicester.

  • Carwyn Jones has been appointed head of pharmaceutical sales and marketing at Carwyn worked previously at Sudler & Hennessey where he was director of strategic planning. He has had previous roles in sales, marketing and strategy both in the UK and globally with Eli Lilly and GSK. Carwyn will further develop digital communication channels allowing collaboration with doctors for their pharmaceutical clients.

  • Two new members have joined the CSD UK team. Mark Slater has been appointed client service manager. He previously worked for Roche as a market analyst. Margaret Rose has become an executive with the client service team after 10 years of working for GSKís market research department.

  • Andrew SM Dean and Nicholas Angel have launched Present Value, a specialist acquisition, divestment, and licensing and commercialisation company. Andrew has 15 yearsí industry experience and worked for Schering Plough before becoming business development director at Alliance Pharmaceuticals. Nicholas was formerly global innovation director at JohnsonDiversey.

  • Hibist Mesfin has been appointed account executive at Right Angle. She has six months experience in consumer communications and marketing and will be responsible for specific education projects across urology and rheumatology. Hibist has a degree in medical genetics.


  • Lindsay Donaldson and Tamara Lloyd have joined LA Medica. Tamara was appointed project manager and will work on a key account in the pain speciality, while Lindsay joins as project assistant to support account teams operating in a range of therapeutic areas.


  • PAN Advertising has promoted Jon Linscott to group account director. After five years as the companyís account director, he will now head up a business unit that handles brands for clients such as Bayer Schering Pharma, Astellas and GSK.


  • Torre Lazur has appointed three new members of staff. Steve Woodliffe joins as art director with a consumer background in South Africa. Leah Benson joins as account executive from Cline Davis & Mann (Europe) and Penny Demetriou joins as production assistant from Clinton Bay.

  • Mike Dixon and Marian Byrt have launched Echo, a pharmaceutical communications company. The co-founders have 18 yearsí combined experienced in the pharmaceutical and communications industries. Previously, Mike was managing director of VB Communicationsí PR/medical education company Jago Pearce, where Marian also worked as a senior practitioner.

  • Sam Holbrook has been appointed senior art director of Woolley Pau and Yvette Cumbers as senior copywriter. Alex Mellor has been appointed account director. Alex has 10 yearsí experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Lara Kelly leaves clothing company Criminal to become officer manager with Woolley Pau. George Rintari has been promoted to account executive.

  • Lee Williams and Malcolm Badger have been appointed creative directors at Euro RSCG after 11 years at Norris Lincoln. Clay Kindred has been appointed senior copywriter after working for Cline Davis & Mann in the UK and US. Mark Chlad, also from Norris Lincoln, joins as account director and will be looking after GSK, Pfizer and Takeda.

  • Steve Terry, Julian Mathew and Bruce Church have launched Medical Device Communications (MDC), a division of Adventis Health. The founding partners of MDC have extensive experience in the medical devices sector and have worked across a broad spectrum of product ranges. They have experience of the EU, US and emerging markets and will be supported by a 50-strong team of creative personnel.

  • We would like to clarify that the consultancy launched by Dr Joan Barnard, which was announced in the previous issue, is called Code in Practice. The consultancy will support companies as they work within the ABPI Code and prepare for its revisions.
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