Coalition for Healthcare Communication names chair

Jay Carter, EVP, AbelsonTaylor, was elected executive committee chair of the Coalition for Healthcare Communication. Laura Schoen, president of global healthcare at Weber Shandwick, has been named vice chair.

Memorial Sloan Kettering appoints marketing, communications chief

Roxanne Taylor was named chief marketing and communications officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Taylor previously spent more than 20 years at Accenture, holding roles like chief marketing and communications officer. She will start at MSK on February 3. 

The Bloc appoints chief creative officer

Bernardo Romero was appointed chief creative officer at The Bloc. Previously, Romero worked in creative leadership roles at Grey Group, where he was executive creative director for healthcare and wellness, and Area 23, where was executive creative director.

Ipsen hires chief medical officer

French pharma company Ipsen has hired Steven Hildemann as EVP and chief medical officer. Previously, Hildemann was chief medical officer and head of global patient safety and global medical affairs at Merck.

Arena Pharmaceuticals names CFO

Joan Schmidt has been appointed chief financial officer at Arena Pharmaceuticals. She previously worked at DBV Technologies as chief legal officer.

Athersys appoints CFO

Ivor Macleod has joined Ohio-based biotech Athersys as chief financial officer. Macleod was previously CFO at Eisai.

Client-side people moves courtesy of MM&M sister brand The PMD.

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