Ogilvy and Edelman operations leader Michael Sloan has joined JPA Health Communications as chief operating officer.

Sloan started in the newly created role this month. He reports to JPA founder and principal Carrie Jones, whom Sloan had worked with before in his role at Ogilvy. He is based in the firm’s Washington DC office.

He briefly consulted for JPA this year, before taking on this role. His goal as COO is to support JPA as the firm continues to grow and looks to expand further.

“[JPA is] getting to that level where it’s not a small firm anymore, it’s moving into a midsize firm,” Sloan said. “[Jones] wants to build the company to create great opportunities for the staff. She wants to grow a bigger footprint in the U.S., which creates more opportunities for many people in Boston, London or Washington DC. It’s better for clients, for patients and for the team if they have a bigger footprint.”

Previously, Sloan worked as the CFO and COO at consulting firm Dynamis Strategic Advisors. Prior to that, he was CFO at Coyne, VP of finance at PR agency Taylor, U.S. operations CFO at Edelman and chief client financial officer at Ogilvy PR.

JPA is the first health-focused agency Sloan has worked with, but he does have experience in the sector from his time at other agencies.

“It’s great to work on gigantic clients doing openings for major brands, but at this point, knowing that you’re actually seeing that effect on patients and that we work with nonprofits is huge to me,” he said. “The fact that I can work for an agency where part of the goal is patient engagement and advocacy, I feel good about that. I can actually see something good come from it.”

Earlier this year, JPA hired Julien Jarreau as EVP and creative director, another newly created position at the growing agency. In 2018, the firm earned $10.1 million in revenue and had 47 staff.