Karen Boykin-Towns, who was VP-corporate affairs for Pfizer’s $34B innovate medicines unit and is vice chairman of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, has joined Sard Verbinnen & Co. as senior counselor.
She will advise the financial PR shop on healthcare, PA, diversity, crisis, governance and social issues and pitch in on business development work.
Boykin-Towns had a 22-year run at Pfizer, working in government relations, PA, global policy and human resources. She served as the pharmaceutical giant’s first chief diversity officer.
Before working at Pfizer, she was chief of staff and legislative director for New York State senator David Paterson, who went on to become governor of the Empire State.