Benchworks appoints president

Will Reese has joined Benchworks, part of BW Health Group, as president. Previously, Reese was global head of marketing, media and social for Cognizant and was president and chief innovation officer of Cadient.

Prescient appoints advisory leaders

Peter Donachie and Haroon Khan have joined Prescient’s advisory business. Donachie was appointed director of the London office and Khan was named an associate director in the London office.

Visiting Nurse Service of New York names CEO

Dan Savitt has been named CEO of nonprofit Visiting Nurse Service of New York. He will succeed current CEO Marki Flannery at the end of January 2021. Savitt has served as EVP and CFO at the nonprofit for more than two years.

Rhythm Pharmaceuticals names CEO

David Meeker has been appointed CEO of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, a late-stage biopharma focused on rare genetic disorders of obesity. Previously, Meeker served as president and CEO of KSQ Therapeutics and was EVP and head of Sanofi Genzyme.

Krystal Biotech names strategy, business development SVP

Whitney Ijem has joined gene therapy company Krystal Bioteach in the newly created position of SVP strategy and business development. Previously, Ijem was an analyst for Tourbillon Capital and the J.P. Morgan Equity Research Healthcare group.

Viroclinics Biosciences appoints CEO

Davide Molho has been named CEO of Viroclinics Biosciences, a virology contract research organization. Previously, Molho was CEO of Evolution Research Group.

Cellectis names U.S. manufacturing SVP

Steve Doares has joined Cellectis, a clinical-stage immunotherapy company, as SVP of U.S. manufacturing. Previously, Doares was VP of global manufacturing sciences at Biogen.

Parexel adds three to regulatory and access consulting group

Yajie Li has joined the company from Xuanzhu Pharma and also served as a senior clinical reviewer with the Center for Drug Evaluation in Beijing. Jorge Camarero joined Parexel from the European Medicines Agency in The Netherlands. Lucas Kempf has joined from roles at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the National Institutes of Health.

The Escalator is a weekly roundup of notable people moves in the pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing industries. For submissions, email Carrie Gavit at