Evoke Kyne names head of social

Kate Callan was promoted to EVP and head of social media at Evoke Kyne. Callan has been with the agency since 2005. Listen to our The MM&M Podcast episode with her here.

Novartis names AI Innovation Center lead

Iya Khalil has joined Novartis as the global head of the AI Innovation Center. Khalil previously co-founded and served as chief commercial officer for GNS Healthcare, a healthcare data analytics and AI company.

Moderna board member to lead federal COVID-19 vaccine response

Moncef Slaoui has resigned from Moderna’s board and is leading the Trump administration’s Project Warp Speed, the federal effort to accelerate Moderna and other company’s vaccines for coronavirus.

Atara Biotherapeutics appoints R&D head

Jakob Dupont was named global head of research and development at Atara Biotherapeutics, an immunotherapy-focused company. Previously, Dupont was chief medical officer at Gossamer Bio and was global head of breast and gynecologic cancer development for Genentech/Roche.

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