Neuropharm Group, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of medicines for the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders appointed Bob Prachar president US Operations. Prachar has more than 17 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has held management positions at companies including Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co. Prior to joining Neuropharm he was Head of Worldwide Immunology New Business Development, and a management board member, at Centocor, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. Prachar has significant experience of new product launches, sales and marketing. For four years he was Prachar VP of Centocor's rheumatology franchise, where he was responsible for the US sales and marketing of Remicade, a biologic agent targeting immunology conditions. Under his leadership, the franchise doubled sales to $1.6 billion per year. Neuropharm intends to open an East Coast office during 2008.
The Philadelphia office of Avenue A | Razorfish named Ken Dhouti as a client partner.
As a client partner, Dhouti will oversee account teams on large-scale website implementations and media campaigns. He has 15 years of experience in marketing and professional services, including 10 years in the digital space. Prior to joining Avenue A | Razorfish, he served as a management consultant with the French firm Hemeria Management Consulting in Paris, France.
InVentiv Communications, a division of inVentiv Health, has promoted Rick Smith to CFO. Smith will be responsible for overseeing the finance and accounting operations for inVentiv Communications, as well as providing financial leadership to the business units included within the inVentiv Communications division of inVentiv Health, Inc. Smith has been with inVentiv Communications since 2000, and previously held the position of SVP, controller. Prior to inVentiv, he held a variety of financial positions with Limited Inc. and was a management consultant with CSC/Index.
Ignite Health, an inVentiv Health Company specializing in patient-centered medical advertising announced the following promotions to its account and creative services departments. Paul Balagot, formerly account services director, has been named VP, account services director. Kevin Deegan, formerly director of creative strategy, has been named VP, associate creative director. Ross Fetterloff, formerly account services director, has been named VP, account services director. Kelly Goeres, formerly director of metrics, has been named VP, metrics and analytics. Pat Macke, formerly associate creative director, has been named VP, associate creative director. Lisa Matson, formerly associate creative director, has been named VP, associate creative director. Laura Pfister, formerly director of interactive services, has been named VP, interactive search and media director. Greg Reiser, formerly account services director, has been named VP, account services director. Sean Vassilaros, formerly executive producer, has been named VP, executive producer.
The Navicor Group, an inVentiv Health Company, announced the following eleven promotions. Tracy Baker, formerly account supervisor, has been named account director. John Catania, formerly senior art director, has been named group art supervisor. Maria Guarracino, formerly design specialist, has been named senior design specialist. Todd Jackson, formerly account executive, has been named senior account executive. Veronica Karingada, formerly editor, has been named senior editor. Beth Kuchinka, formerly account medical specialist, has been named senior account medical specialist. Denise Leo, formerly senior medical marketing writer, has been named group copy supervisor. Grant Miller, formerly account coordinator, has been named account executive. Megan Myers, formerly copywriter, has been named senior copywriter. Jeffrey Prospal, formerly associate art director, has been named art director. Karen Sanford, formerly account executive, has been named senior account executive.