AstraZeneca hires new head of corporate affairs

AstraZeneca appointed Jennie Younger, who has held senior communications roles at GlaxoSmithKline and Deutsche Bank and was most recently at FTI Consulting, as its vice president of global corporate affairs.

JenniYounger joins the pharmaceutical giant on April 18, replacing Caroline Hempstead, who has been hired by building materials manufacturer LafargeHolcim as head of comms.

AstraZeneca said Younger will lead the company's global corporate affairs function from its UK headquarters, having global responsibility for all internal and external comms and government relations.

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Her appointment follows changes in its London-based global corporate affairs team in recent months after head of global media relations Esra Erkal-Paler was promoted to head of global external comms.

Most recently, Younger was senior MD and partner at FTI Consulting in London. She previously held senior comms roles at Deutsche Bank as global head of comms and client marketing for investment banking, and at GlaxoSmithKline as global head of comms and community partnerships.

Younger was previously at Glaxo Wellcome as head of investor relations, where she was involved in the firm's merger with SmithKline Beecham. She also spent time as head of investor relations at British Gas.

Pascal Soriot, AstraZeneca CEO, said: "Jennie brings extensive communications and investor relations expertise that will reinforce our strategic progress with key stakeholders."

This story originally appeared in PRWeek.