Edelman adds Karr to its Health Policy

Edelman has hired Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services communications chief Gary Karr to its Health Policy and Public Affairs Practice. 

Karr was director of media affairs at CMS, where he served as administrator Mark McClellan's chief spokesperson during the roll-out of the Medicare prescription drug benefit. He becomes a VP at Edelman, report- ing to Peter Segall, general manager of the firm's Washington office and head of the practice. 

In a statement, Segall lauded Karr as “an accomplished government spokesman and communications strategist. His skills, experience and contacts will be a major asset.” 

Karr's deputy at CMS, Peter Ashkenaz, is stepping in as acting director of media affairs for the time being. 

Before joining CMS in August, 2004, Karr headed federal media relations for the American Insurance Association during its successful push for terrorism insurance legislation following the September 11 attacks.
You must be a registered member of MMM to post a comment.
close

Next Article in Features

Email Newsletters


As US pharma continued its quest for a Grand Prix at the Lions Health international festival of creativity, MM&M went on location to Cannes, France. Missed our coverage from June? Now, we're giving you an opportunity to catch up on some of what you missed. Download our e-book on the two-day festival, recapping the event, rounding up the best of the speakers, offering perspective and listing all of the winners. Click here to download.


The most recent MM&M Skill Sets Live event surveyed a range of issues relating to one of the hottest promotional spaces in healthcare. Speakers and panelists at the morning-long session, including promotional- and multichannel-minded executives from GSK, Epocrates, Treato and Montefiore Medical Center, weighed in on topics designed to help marketers demystify the challenges associated with non-personal promotion. Click here.