Astellas hires Joseph Devaney as government affairs VP

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NORTHBROOK, IL: Astellas Pharma has brought on Joseph Devaney as VP of government affairs and policy.

Based in Washington, D.C., he will lead Astellas' government affairs and policy team and report to Jeffrey Winton, SVP of corporate affairs. Devaney is replacing Martin Golden, who was named head of global marketing strategy in March.

The pharma company expanded Winton's role last year to include government and corporate affairs.

Devaney will be responsible for Astellas' federal and state government strategies, engagement activities, and policy development in the Americas. He will also represent the pharma company to policymakers and trade organizations.

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Prior to joining Astellas, Devaney worked for 20 years at Sanofi, most recently as VP of federal and state relations. Prior, he was director of state government affairs for Sandoz, which became part of Novartis in 1996, and was an aide in the New Jersey General Assembly.

Astellas U.S., which is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, has about 3,000 employees in the U.S. Its total product sales in 2014 were $3.2 billion.

This story originally appeared in PRWeek.

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