|Sasha Damouni Ellis|
Marinus Pharmaceuticals, which develops therapeutics to treat orphan seizure disorders, has appointed Sasha Damouni Ellis as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Damouni Ellis joins Marinus from Bayer US, where she was director of external communications and media relations, driving external brand-building strategies in therapeutic areas of oncology, hemophilia, cardio-pulmonary, and women’s health. She was previously a senior healthcare journalist at Bloomberg News, as well as launching and serving as global editor of BioPharm Insight, formerly a division of the Financial Times Group. In her new role, Damouni Ellis will lead strategic investor relations and communications programs, and will work closely with investors, employees, advocacy groups, patient organizations and the media.
Wana Brands, which produces cannabis edibles, has hired Joe Hodas as chief marketing officer, a newly created position. Hodas was previously CEO at Gofire, which develops hardware and software Internet protocols for plant-based medicine and mainstream healthcare companies. Before that, he was chief operating officer at General Cannabis Corporation. Hodas has also been senior director of corporate communications at Frontier Airlines, and has worked at Vladimir Jones and Ogilvy Public Relations. At Wana, he is tasked with working to generate revenue by creating marketing campaigns for the organization, as well as supporting new market expansion, partnerships, government relations and innovation within the company.
Virtas Partners has brought on Jon Harmon as director. Harmon previously served as vice president at executive search and leadership development firm Heidrick & Struggles, where he led global communications. Before that he was vice president, communications at commercial and military truck and engine manufacturer Navistar-International. Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of roles at Ford Motor Company, including head of communications for Ford Truck. At Virtas, Harmon will lead the firm’s strategic communications services. “Jon’s exceptional experience in crisis communications and reputation management will be especially valuable to our clients during these times of great social, business and economic uncertainty,” said Virtas co-founder and managing partner Tim Czmiel.