Greater Than One hires Thomson

Ross Thomson has joined Greater Than One as chief creative officer. He previously worked at Ogilvy Health as EVP and creative director, collaborating with clients including Pfizer, Roche, and Genentech. Previously, Thomson was chief creative officer worldwide at Grey Healthcare Group, and had stints at agencies including Publicis London and McCann.

PatientPoint names Staggs EVP

PatientPoint has named Wes Staggs as EVP of customer success, overseeing customer experience at the patient-engagement services company. Staggs was previously chief customer officer at supply-chain software company Blue Ridge and COO and chief revenue officer at CRM company Revegy.

Dudnyk ups two

Dudnyk has promoted Kristin Morris and Dawn Hastings to VP and creative director, expanding their responsibilities. The promotions are part of the agency’s reorganization of its creative department, dividing it into two groups.

Svensen joins Lippe Taylor

Lippe Taylor brought on Megan Svensen as EVP for healthcare. She was most recently managing director at W2O Group and previously worked at Marina Maher Communications and Ogilvy PR.

Pires joins Healio publisher

Cris Pires joined Slack Inc., the publisher of Healio, HemOnc Today, and HemOnc Today New York, as senior director of market strategy and business development. Pires was previously VP of sales and marketing for the Lynx Group and has also worked at Eli Lilly.

La Jolla names Wellinghoff commercial chief

La Jolla Pharmaceutical appointed Darryl Wellinghoff as chief commercial officer. Previously, he spent 15 years at The Medicines Company, where he served as SVP for the Americas, as part of his 19-year career.

Frontline promotes Gregorie

Frontline Medical Communications has promoted Devin Gregorie to sales manager for its hematology and oncology group, with an expanded role with input on the overall direction of the group.


Howard Schargel has been named associate director of market development and promotion at Novo Nordisk; previously he was director of marketing for CNS at Otsuka. Seattle Genetics has appointed Sonia Pulgar as executive director and head of global HEOR; previously, she was senior director and U.S. head of HEOR at Ipsen. Huron has hired Rich Rieger as managing director of life sciences; prior, he was VP of business development at Horizon Pharma. SynCardia promoted Don Webber to CEO from COO.

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