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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.

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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.

RELATED: Healthcare PR Execs Play Musical Chairs

Cohn & Wolfe Hires Mike Kan to Lead Global Healthcare

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Beginning March 1st, Mike Kan will head Cohn & Wolfe’s global healthcare practice. Kan was previously head of Edelman’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) healthcare practice, which he grew to 60 people over his four years as managing director. C&W’s healthcare group is considerably bigger at 300 people worldwide. Kan left his last sometime in September of last year, two months after Edelman began “redundancy talks” two months prior.

Kan moves into Linda Dyson‘s role, who moves to leader of the firm’s healthcare public affairs practice. Both report directly Donna Imperato, CEO of the WPP-owned agency (Nasdaq: WPPGY).