Merck names chief digital and analytics officer

Sol Rashidi has been named VP, chief data and analytics officer for the commercial organization at Merck. Previously, Rashidi was chief data officer at Sony Music.

GCI Health hires digital, wellness leaders

Kristin Mengel Ryan has joined GCI Health as SVP and North America digital lead, Bailey Roy has been named VP and head of analytics and Jennifer Semetulskis has joined as SVP for wellness and nutrition.

Alexion names diversity chief

Uzair Qadeer has been named Alexion Pharmaceutical’s first chief diversity officer. Qadeer was previously VP and head of enterprise partnership at Alexion. He has also held roles at Deloitte and Bristol Myers Squibb.

National Pharmaceutical Council CEO to step down

Dan Leonard will be stepping down as president and chief executive officer of the National Pharmaceutical Council in September. Leonard has led the group for more than 12 years.

Remedy appoints marketing chief

Keith Munro has been named chief marketing officer at Remedy, a virtual and on-demand health care provider. Munro previously held leadership roles at Talroo, Sports Illustrated Play and EA Sports.

Synthego makes executive appointments

Robert Deans has been named chief scientific officer and John Tan has been appointed chief operating officer at Synthego, a genome engineering and CRISPR company.

Kura Oncology names medical chief

Stephen Dale has joined Kura as chief medical officer. Previously, Dale was SVP and global head of medical science at Kyowa Kirin.

Starton Therapeutics appoints chief operating officer

Cidnee Vaykovich has been named chief operating officer at Starton. She has been with the company since 2017 and previously served as director of operations.

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