Shaw to join Kite as CEO

Gilead Sciences has hired Christi Shaw as CEO of its Kite subsidiary and a member of Gilead’s senior leadership team. She is currently SVP of Eli Lilly and president of Lilly Bio-Medicines. Shaw is also a board member of Avantor and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. 

Reports: GSK in talks with Symonds 

GlaxoSmithKline is in discussions with Jonathan Symonds, deputy chairman of HSBC, to become its next chairman, according to media reports. The drugmaker said in January that Philip Hampton would be stepping down as chairman. 

AbelsonTaylor hires Dimmock

AbelsonTaylor has hired Christopher Dimmock as SVP of customer insights and engagement, focused on insight, strategy and predictive performance analytics. He will report to Jeff Berg, EVP and director of client services. Previously, Dimmock was chief strategy officer at brand promotions agency Creata. 

Sandbox promotes Vucsko 

Sandbox has upped Barry Vucsko to SVP and client service group account director, responsible for leading client service teams. He has worked at the independent agency since March and has more than 25 years of marketing, advertising and consulting experience. 

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 Frank Washkuch at