Evoke has brought on Karsten Risch, MD, PhD, MPH as chief medical officer, a newly established role. Risch joins Evoke from Havas Health & You, where he served as CMO. He has also held medical positions at WPP agency Greyhealth Group and IPG firm Lowe Healthcare. Risch is also chairman of the Coalition for Healthcare Communication, as well as a guest lecturer at such institutios as Columbia Business School, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and Fairleigh Dickinson University. In his new post, he will lead the agency's science & medicine practice, implementing standard medical approaches, providing strategic value and scaling best practices.
London-based Portland has named Mark Flanagan its new CEO, effective January 2020. Tim Allan, who founded the agency in 2001, is leaving at the end of this year. Flanagan was previously Portland’s UK managing director. Before coming to Portland, he served as head of strategic & digital communications in the UK prime minster’s office. Portland is also joining forces with Omnicom consultancy GPLUS in January as part of a strategic move to bolster its international footprint.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Tessa Horehled as director of content + publishing strategy for the US. She was most recently planning director and Berlin strategy lead for international design firm AKQA, and has been an IBM cognitive commerce futurist, offering thought leadership on the future of commerce. Horehled ran a culture and entertainment blog for 11 years and has served as an influencer for many consumer brands. She will be based in New York.