Roni Zeiger

Facebook appoints Zeiger head of health strategy

Facebook has hired Dr. Roni Zeiger as head of health strategy, working to improve health support groups and the quality of information across the platform. Previously, Zeiger was cofounder and CEO of Smart Patients and former chief health strategist at Google.

Gilead names Mercier commercial chief

Gilead has brought on Johanna Mercier as chief commercial officer and member of its senior leadership team, effective July 1. Laura Hamill, EVP of worldwide commercial operations, will exit the company. Mercier was most recently president and head of the large markets division at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Huag joins MultiMedia Healthcare

MultiMedia Healthcare has named Brian Haug as EVP of its healthcare group. He previously worked for more than two decades at MJH Associates, its parent company, where he led the pharmacy division as president of pharmacy and healthcare communications.

Amarin names Fisher corp comms VP

Amarin has hired Gwen Fisher in the newly created role of VP of corporate communications, leading internal and external communications. She has worked in leadership positions with Shire, Pfizer, Wyeth and Merck. Most recently Fisher led global portfolio communications for Shire.

Krueger joins APCO

APCO Worldwide has appointed Mark Krueger as executive director of global health advocacy, based in New York. Prior, Krueger was president and founder of Mark Krueger & Associates, a consulting firm, from 1995 through its sale in 2018.

RedHill names Almenoff chief scientific officer

RedHill Biopharma has appointed Dr. June Almenoff as chief scientific officer, leading the company’s commercial strategy on medical and scientific matters. Almenoff has served in roles including president and chief medical officer at Furiex Pharmaceuticals.

CMI/Compas names three to new EVP role

CMI/Compas has named three executives to the newly formed EVP and group client director role. The firm promoted Melissa Barnhart from SVP of media and advanced customer engagements and upped Johanna Tompetrini from SVP of media. It also hired Glenn Forde from Accenture Interactive, where he was a senior manager.

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 [email protected].