John Kamp, longtime head of the Coalition for Healthcare Communication (CHC), is stepping down after a 16-year tenure.

Effective immediately, he is being replaced as executive director by Jon Bigelow, who has been involved with CHC for more than 10 years and has served on CHC’s executive committee.

Bigelow said he will mostly continue to lead the CHC as Kamp did, but will look to attract new, and different kinds of, members.

“I am hoping to work towards broader participation in the coalition,” Bigelow said. “We are strongest when we are a big tent. I want to involve more companies from the medical communications field, from digital media, from patient-focused communications [organizations], and other forms of marketing.”

Kamp has led the coalition as executive director since 2002. He will continue to work on Capitol Hill with federal agencies and advocate on issues that affect the industry on behalf of the CHC, Kamp said.

Bigelow is scaling back his consulting business to focus on the coalition. He also serves on the boards of Remedy Health Media and Wainscot Media. Earlier in his career, Bigelow was president and CEO of healthcare comms, events, and consulting firm KnowledgePoint360 Group and president of the Association for Health Media.

“I’ve been fortunate to have had an long, varied career in health communications,” Bigelow said. “Throughout my career, I’ve had particular interest in healthcare public policy, and I’ve been a long believer in giving back to the community. It was natural to gravate to serving in some of the industry groups including the coalition, and through my work with the coalition I can champion the industry’s interests.”