Avril Lee
Avril Lee

Burson-Marsteller has named Avril Lee deputy global healthcare practice chair. Stationed in London, the former managing director of MSL Group's UK & EMEA health unit, will join the WPP unit Feb. 19. Helene Ellison is B-M's global healthcar practice chair.

During a two-year stint at Publicis Groupe's MSL, Lee was responsible for the global effort of Allergan's ophthalmology and medical asethetics businesses and other clients in the biopharma, device and diagnostics and O-T-C segments.

Earlier, she was with Luther Pendragon as director for its AbbVie Humira business and Ketchum London serving as relationship lead for Bayer Global & Roche.

B-M CEO Don Baer called strengthening London healthcare capabilities central to the firm's global ambitions.

Lee will report to Ellison and Stephen Day, CEO, B-M London.