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MS&L Group Continues to Rebuild Healthcare Practice

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As PRNewser previously reported, a number of healthcare PR executives have left Publicis-owned MS&L Group in recent months, including MaryEllen O’Donohue, who launched the agency’s healthcare media relations practice and Monique da Silva, who served as Global Healthcare Director.

Now, the agency has announced many new hires as it rebuilds its team. Here are the highlights:

Ellena Friedman joined as a senior vice president, director of the healthcare and life sciences practice and deputy managing director in Boston. Previously, Friedman was a senior vice president at Feinstein Kean Healthcare.

Christine Abbott joined as a senior vice president, healthcare in the New York office. She was previously vice president of the healthcare practice at Marina Maher Communications.

Trine Hindklev joined as senior vice president, media relations. Previously, Hindklev oversaw the media relations network at Chandler Chicco Agency.

Jeff Young joined as vice president, editorial services for the healthcare practice. He comes from Burson-Marsteller.

Finally, Anita Manning joined as a senior strategist. She was reviously a reporter for USA Today.

In mid-April, MS&L Group hired longtime CNBC correspondent Mike Huckman as senior vice president and director of media strategy.

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Hill & Knowlton Adds Edelman and MS&L Vets To Healtchare Practice

If there is one thing for certain in today’s PR agency landscape, it’s that health-care PR executives are not staying put.

The latest changes come today from Hill & Knowlton, which named Susan Thiele as New York director of healthcare and Anne de Schweinitz as senior vice president of the agency’s European healthcare practice.

Theile was previously senior vice president and group head at Edelman. Schweinitz spent nearly 10 years at Manning Selvage & Lee, most recently as senior vice president, deputy practice director and global account director for the agency’s largest healthcare client, Eli Lilly and Company.

In related news, MS&L notably has lost a slew of health-care executives, including MaryEllen O’Donohue, who launched the agency’s first health-care media relations practice.

MS&L recently hired Jeanine O’Kane from Ogilvy PR to head up its health-care practice.

MS&L president Jim Tsokanos told PRNewser recently, “The reason why we hired [O'Kane] is we need to get growth again, and provide clients with the best thinking and best ideas. We wanted to bring in new blood.”

MS&L Loses Another Healthcare Exec

With the departure of Kelly Dencker this week, MS&L has lost four senior healthcare execs since the beginning of the year. MS&L Worldwide is a division of Publicis Groupe.

Unlike MaryEllen O’Donohue, Monique da Silva, and Wendy Lund, who left for other large global firms, Dencker signed with NJ-based Coyne PR as SVP and head of their healthcare practice. Coyne at last check, had under a hundred people and billings of around $12 million.

O’Donohue, da Silva, and Lund left for Cohn & Wolfe, Ogilvy PR, and Cohn & Wolfe’s GCI Health respectively, all divisions of the massive WPP Group (NASDAQ: WPPGY).

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Ogilvy PR Snags MS&L Vet To Lead Healthcare Practice

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Monique da Silva has joined Ogilvy PR as Executive Vice President/Head of North America Healthcare Practice, the agency said today.

da Silva previously served as Global Healthcare Director at MS&L Worldwide, where she worked with clients including sanofi aventis, Genzyme, Pfizer, Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Roche.

In related news, earlier this month Cohn & Wolfe hired healthcare PR vet MaryEllen O’Donohue away from MS&L to serve as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Client Service.

Also, Wendy Lund was named CEO of Cohn & Wolfe’s GCI Health division in early February. She was previously EVP, Global Business & Client Development at MS&L. Cohn and Wolfe hired Mike Kan to run its global healthcare practice.

MS&L hired Joan Cetera as Senior Vice President, Consumer Home and Wellness on February 18th. She had previously been with Ogilvy PR.

An MS&L rep told PRNewser today they didn’t know if the agency would be hiring to replace the other open positions.

As PRNewser previously noted, there has been a significant game of musical chairs taking place in recent months in regards to healthcare executives on both the brand and agency sides.

MaryEllen O’Donohue Joins Cohn & Wolfe from MS&L

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Cohn & Wolfe announced today that MaryEllen O’Donohue is joining the firm from MS&L to focus on healthcare. Her title at the WPP-owned shop (Nasdaq: WPPGY) will be Executive Vice President, Strategy and Client Service. She was at MS&L for 24 years, where she launched the first healthcare media relations practice. At Cohn, O’Donohue she will also contribute to consumer, technology and corporate work.

A rep inside the firm tells us that healthcare has always been Cohn & Wolfe’s biggest practice, and with the changes going on in the sector, “we’re committed to providing as much talent and expertise as possible”.

From our perch, there’s no doubt there’s a war for talent in healthcare and related fields, and that connections to global brands will be critical in luring and maintaining clients. For example, O’Donohue has client experience with Roche, and C&W’s head of healthcare public affairs Linda Dyson joined the firm last fall from Roche.

Cohn & Wolfe also recently hired Mike Kan to head up global healthcare, and Wendy Lund as their new CEO for the GCI Health division.

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