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People, October, 2005

Steve Higgins has been promoted to managing director of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, UK and Ireland

Steve HigginsSteve Higgins has been promoted to managing director of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, UK and Ireland. He joined Wyeth in May 2003 as group vice president for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to that he was executive director, Pharmacia Europe, Middle East and Africa, responsible for the development of Bextra. With over 25 yearsí experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Steve started his career as a medical rep for G D Searle in the UK, US and Asia Pacific region. Following the merger with Pharmacia, he was appointed managing director, Pharmacia Australia.

John ClarkeJohn Clarke is to succeed the retiring Jack Ziegler as GlaxoSmithKlineís president of Consumer Healthcare with effect from January 31, 2006. Following a series of marketing and general management roles, John was appointed, in 1996, to the nutritional healthcare business. From 1998 to 2003 he was president of consumer healthcare Europe and in 2004 became president of consumer healthcareís futures group. In this role, John was responsible for reinvigorating GSKís global brands pipeline in partnership with R&D, and delivering best practice launch and marketing resources worldwide.

Sanofi-aventis has named Stuart Lawton-Davies as head of internal communications, a newly-created position. Stuart was previously at Alliance Pharmacy for two-and-a-half years, where he was the communications manager.

Jim JoyceJim Joyce has beenappointed to the new position of country manager, Schering- Plough Ireland, responsible for the development of pharma sales, marketing, finance and administrative operations. He was most recently director of finance for Europe, Canada, the Middle East and Africa at the company.

Genzyme Corporation has appointed Wills Hughes- Wilson as director of health policy for Europe. Wills joins from Emerging Biotechnology Enterprises, a specialised unit of EFPIA, of where she was a manager for the last three years.

David ToddNorgine has announced the appointment of David Todd as vice president of finance. A chartered accountant with a Masters in business administration, David has 25 yearsí experience in UK, European and international corporate finance with firms including Fisons, Rhone Poulenc-Rorer and Aventis.

Satoru NoguchiSatoru Noguchi has been appointed as the new managing director of Takeda UK. Satoru, who replaces Andrew Davies, has been a director at the company since joining in 2001. He has more than 20 yearsí experience working with Takeda in Japan, the US, Thailand and the UK.

Simon Driver has been appointed managing director of pharmaceutical data provider Infopharm, a division of the Cegedim group. Gareth Thomas, the outgoing MD of Infopharm, now concentrates solely on his role as managing director of Cegedim UK.


Sarah Mathieson is to join GlaxoSmithKline on October 24 as director of product communications, reporting to Gary Davies. Sarah will lead a transatlantic team of 10 with Davies. She joins from Pfizer, where she was head of product communications.

Alltracel Pharmaceuticals has appointed John Fitzpatrick as finance director and Andrew Griffiths as company secretary. John has more than 10 yearsí audit and corporate finance experience, most of which wasgained with Ernst & Young. Andrew has been acting legal counsel for Alltracel for the past two years.

Clinical research company, Chiltern International has made two new appointments; Tony Reid joins as UK human resources manager and Dr Steve Jackson joins as senior medical writer responsible for the production of clinical trial related documents.

Pharma pricing strategy consultancy, PriceSpective has named Stuart Tutt as consultant. With 15 yearsí experience in the pharma industry, he has focused on pricing strategy development and management, with Glaxo, SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoSmithKline.

Rebecca Hunt

ScopeMedical has appointed Dr Steve Waye as director of business development. Steve joins from Adis Communications, where he worked in Europe and the US as an international business development director. Rebecca Hunt has been promoted to project manager. She joined the company in 2004 and has over five yearsí experience in med comms.

Northbank Communications has hired two new account managers, Lorna Watson and Dr Christelle Kerouedan to its London team. Lorna joins with extensive marketing and consultancy experience in the life sciences and biotechnology sectors. Christelle founded The Maternity Wellbeing Company, where as managing director she designed and implemented the communications strategy.

LeapFrog Medical has appointed two new staff members; Katherine Stillman joins as account executive and Neil Wincomb as new business manager. Katherine has a broad client-focused background in healthcare and property. Neil has previously worked in the financial sector.

Nebula Norman has joined the account handling team at Pulsar as account manager. She has several yearsí experience in medical communications and advertising.

Catherine Devaney has been appointed to the board of Red Door Communications, taking on the title of director. Catherine joined the agency in 2001 and has been a member of the management team for the past two years. Meanwhile, Julia Harries has been promoted to deputy managing director.

Marianne Purdie has been named group research director at Synovate. Retaining her current responsibility for global branded solutions, Marianne will be responsible for the management of the UK- based ad hoc research teams.

Pamela, Annabel, Kris and GwenPacker Forbes has made four new appointments: Pamela Bourne joins as associate director with over 10 years of client and agency experience. During her agency career at Chandler Chico New York and InterSCIENCE London, she worked on global programmes for clients, such as GSK, Bayer, Merck, Warner Lambert and AZ. Annabel Lee joins as senior account executive from Resolute Communications. She has worked for the NHS in a combined secondary and primary care communications role. Kris Matta-Noaman joins as an account executive. Previously, Kris worked on both consumer and medical programmes including oncology and cardiology at Shire Health International. Gwen Willis, a postgraduate PR student joins as PR assistant.

It is with regret we announce, following a long illness, the death in July of John Brigg. John, was publishing director of Pulse and the Practitioner for over 25 years and will be remembered fondly by everyone who had the good fortune to meet him. His warm smile and perfect manners endeared John to his colleagues, to friends and rivals in the medical press, to the media buying fraternity and many pharma marketers. From the beginning of the 1970s John presided over the fortunes of Pulse ensuring that it rarely lost its number one position on JICMARS, the definitive readership survey, which he together with a number of other senior publishers helped to create. His funeral, near his home in Groombridge, Sussex, was attended by more than hundred people, including many from the pharmaceutical and media buying industries, together with a number of United Newspaper employees past and present. John leaves a son and daughter and four grandchildren, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.


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