MSL UK Hires Healthcare Comms Heavyweight, Avril Lee
Brings 20 Years of Healthcare Experience
LONDON, 20 November 2015 : MSLGROUP in London is strengthening its health offer with the appointment of communications heavyweight Avril Lee as Managing Director of its UK & EMEA Health Practices. Lee, former Director at Luther Pendragon and CEO of Ketchum UK, will join the MSLGROUP team as MD in early December with the remit to lead and build the Health Practice.
With over 20 years’ experience Lee has proven her ability in previous roles to develop clients such as AbbVie, Bayer and Roche. In her role Lee will be working closely with James Warren, Head of Digital UK and EMEA, in a bid to further strengthen digital and health communications.
James Parsons, UK CEO of MSLGROUP said: “We can’t wait to have Avril on board. Her presence will add enormous value to the Health Practice. Her solid, strategic background in health marks a strategic move to support rapid growth of the team and signals that MSLGROUP is serious about investing in the health sector both in the UK and EMEA.”
Lee commented: “The health team at MSLGROUP has the potential to be truly unique within the industry. The agency’s strong heritage in corporate, consumer and health communications, combined with its deep digital skills is incredibly compelling. Offering clients a truly integrated service that has health expertise at its core is especially important when it comes to health and pharma organisations seeking ways to engage through digital and social channels in an ethical and sensitive way. I’m excited about the opportunity, the eclectic mix of skills to harness and very much looking forward to helping clients achieve their objectives.”
About MSLGROUP in the UK
We create insights, stories, content and experiences that positively influence the way corporate stakeholders, employees, and consumers think and behave. We believe that the secret to success lies in being interested and interesting, through diverse, multi-skilled teams who combine art, science and action to meet our clients’ biggest communications challenges.
MSLGROUP in the UK is a communications agency with creativity, insight and digital skills at its heart. Our 200-strong team works with some of the world’s leading organisations to build and protect their reputations and relationships. Our clients include GSK, EY, BT, Sainsbury’s, BP, BMW, Netflix and Canon.
About Publicis Groupe
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] is a global leader in marketing, communication, and business transformation. In a world marked by increased convergence and consumer empowerment, Publicis Groupe offers a full range of services and skills: digital, technology & consulting with Publicis.Sapient (SapientNitro, Sapient Global Markets, Sapient Government Services, Razorfish Global, DigitasLBi, Rosetta) - the world’s largest most forward-thinking digitally centered platform focused exclusively on digital transformation in an always-on world - as well as creative networks such as BBH, Leo Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi, public affairs, corporate communications and events with MSLGROUP, ad tech solutions with VivaKi, media strategy, planning and buying through Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia, healthcare communications, with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG), and finally, brand asset production with Prodigious. Present in 108 countries, the Groupe employs more than 76,000 professionals.
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