Publicis appoints U.S. diversity lead

Ronnie Dickerson Stewart was named U.S. chief diversity officer for Publicis Groupe. Stewart previously led the diversity, inclusion and corporate social responsibility group at Digitas North America.

Precision for Medicine names commercial solutions EVP

Mairead Kehoe has joined Precision for Medicine as EVP for clinical solutions. Previously, Kehoe spent 11 years at Celgene in quality assurance and clinical operations roles. 

Passage Bio appoints CEO

Bruce Goldsmith has joined Passage Bio as CEO. He succeeds Stephen Squinto, who co-founded Passage Bio and served as interim chief executive officer since 2018. Squinto will now serve as acting head of R&D.

Personal Genome Diagnostics names commercial chief

Megan Bailey was named chief commercial officer of Personal Genome Diagnostics. She has been with the company since 2018 when she joined as VP of marketing. 

JPA Health hires SVP

Kate Paxton has joined JPA Health as SVP in the firm’s Washington DC office. She previously worked at Ketchum where she was managing director of London health and SVP of Washington DC health.

Prescient appoints three

Jeanne Penn, Ben Kebble and Dr. Mladen Tomich have joined Prescient’s Insights and Intelligence business as members of its senior team.

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