inVENTIV: SEBOK, SHEA inVentiv Health (Burlington, MA) appointed Tom Sebok president, inVentiv Health Communications, and named Chuck Shea executive vice president of inVentiv Health Commercial. Sebok will lead the company’s advertising segment, overseeing GSW Worldwide, Ignite Health, The Navicor Group, Addison Whitney, Palio, Patient Marketing Group, and inServ. He will be based in New York and report to CEO Paul Meister. Shea will lead the company’s outsourced sales solutions businesses, including inVentiv Health Selling Solutions and Selling Accelerators.
ABELSONTAYLOR: LEWIS, KIRK, CHANDLER, BROWN, ROSSELLI, REDDY AbelsonTaylor (Chicago, IL) has added to its in-house interactive capability, promoting Casey Lewis to senior producer, and hiring Kathleen Kirk and Travis Chandler as interactive producers, Matt Brown as associate interactive producer, Lisa Rosselli as senior interactive developer, and Chandana Reddy as interactive developer.
BENCHWORKS: VUJANIC Benchworks (Chestertown, MD) promoted Brenda Vujanic to vice president/general manager. She had been director of pharmaceutical marketing at the agency.
OPENQ: HOUSTON Seth Houston joined OpenQ (Charlottesville, VA) as vice president of strategic alliances, responsible for the company’s channel strategy, which includes identifying new opportunities and increasing sales through OpenQ strategic partnerships. He most recently worked at HRM and Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions.
PACIFIC: ABIAD, D’ALESIO Pacific Communications (Costa Mesa, CA) hired Joseph Abiad as its director of finance and agency operations and Daniel D’Alesio as creative director, interactive/art. Abiad will be responsible for financial reporting and forecasting, facilities management, and directing the agency’s technology needs.
JB ASHTIN: DRAKE The JB Ashtin Group (Plymouth, MI) appointed Tom Drake vice president for business development. Drake has more than 25 years’ experience in providing strategic medical communications support for pharmaceutical markets in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
OGILVY COMMONHEALTH: CONTESS, SLADICKA Ogilvy CommonHealth (Parsippany, NJ) appointed Neil Contess president of its Consumer Care group. He previously served as co-founder, CEO, and president of Euro RSCG Shake. The company also promoted Nancy Iler Sladicka, Ph.D., to executive vice president, account management, for Ogilvy CommonHealth Medical Education.
LIFE TECHNOLOGIES: ANDREWS, SACHS Ronnie Andrews (formerly CEO of Clarient and segment leader at GE Molecular Diagnostics) joined Life Technologies (Carlsbad, CA) as president for medical sciences. He will be responsible for expanding the company’s presence in the diagnostics and personalized medicine space. The company also named Alan B. Sachs, M.D., Ph.D., head of global research and development.
ANGEION: AUSTIN Angeion (St. Paul, MN) named Todd M. Austin to the newly created position of executive vice president for global marketing and corporate strategy effective immediately. He will be responsible for creating and managing the global branding initiatives of the company’s product lines.
MYLAN: MAURO Tony Mauro, president of Mylan North America (Pittsburgh, PA) and the company’s Mylan Pharmaceuticals subsidiary, has been elected chairman of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association’s (GPhA) board of directors.
PINNEY: GERLACH, OWEN, ZELLER, GITCHELL, PINNEY Healthcare consultants PinneyAssociates (Bethesda, MD) announced promotions: Karen Gerlach, Ph.D., MPH, to co-director, clinical and behavioral research; Lucy Owen, to vice president, program operations and over-the-counter switch; Mitch Zeller, JD, to senior vice president; Joe Gitchell, to president; and John Pinney, to chief executive officer.
PUBLICIS TOUCHPOINT: KEEFE Publicis Touchpoint Solutions (Yardley, PA)—provider of multichannel message delivery solutions for the life sciences industry—announced that Michelle Keefe has joined the organization as chief operating officer. Keefe has nearly 25 years’ experience in the life sciences industry, and joins the company from The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, where she was vice president for business development.
AUXILIUM: GLICKMAN Auxilium Pharmaceuticals (Malvern, PA) appointed Mark A. Glickman senior vice president for sales. Most recently, Glickman was vice president of the medical device division of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical.
INTOUCH: TENUTA Intouch Solutions (Overland Park, KS) promoted Angela Tenuta to senior vice president, Intouch Chicago.
SAVIENT: NORTON, FERRARI Savient Pharmaceuticals (East Brunswick, NJ) appointed David Y. Norton interim chief executive officer, succeeding John H. Johnson, who left the company to become president, chief executive officer, and chairman-elect of Dendreon Corporation. Louis Ferrari was named executive vice president of Savient and president of North American Commercial Operations, where he will continue to work on the rollout of Krystexxa.
CMI/COMPAS: JONES, WOODLAND, DORFMAN, DONOVAN, WOODLAND-DEVAN, LOGUE CMI/Compas (King of Prussia, PA) announced a strategic organizational realignment “designed to forge a tighter link between pharmaceutical sales and marketing promotional requirements” and the company’s abilities. The restructured executive team, under Chief Executive Officer Stan Woodland, will be: Ken Jones, managing partner; James Woodland, chief operating officer; Dr. Susan Dorfman, chief marketing and innovation officer; John Donovan, chief financial officer; Nicole Woodland-DeVan, senior vice president, buying services and deliverables; Nancy Logue, senior director, human resources.
HOSPIRA: DAVIES Hospira (Lake Forest, IL), provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, appointed Richard Davies senior vice president and chief commercial officer, responsible for developing and executing Hospira’s global commercial strategies across the company’s product portfolio. He will report to CEO F. Michael Ball. Most recently, Davies served as Amgen’s vice president and general manager, Japan, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.
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