Finn Partners has hired Véronique Simon-Cluzel as VP, health, a newly created position. Simon-Cluzel most recently headed up communications for the national autism strategy of the French Secretary of State for People with Disabilities. Before that, she was in charge of public relations at the ARC Foundation for Cancer Research. She has also overseen communications campaigns for such clients as the French Associaton for Diabetes, Merck Serono, AstraZeneca and Boston Scientific, as well as working on initiatives in a range of medical specialties including cancer, gastrointestinal and neurologic ailments and women’s health priorities. Finn senior partner Marie-Hélène Coste said that Simon-Cluzel’s experience as a patient-policy advocate, journalist and thought leadership communicator will aid the firm in its “dedicated mission to improve people’s health.”
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Approach Marketing is adding five senior leaders to its executive team. Sarah Ann Harris, previously head of accounts, has been promoted to managing director, with oversight of all agency operations. Before coming to Approach, she was a vice president at both Golin and Edelman, and served as senior vice president of client strategy at Influence Central. Meggan Needham, who joined the agency last year, has been promoted to head of accounts. She was previously a senior vp at Edelman and a vp at Weber Shandwick. Faith Borland has served as a vp at Purple Door Communications and Edelman, has been promoted to head of digital. Alyssa DeRose has been named head of growth, and Liz Woerth, who was the agency’s first hire nearly a decade ago, will now be head of talent.
Aileron Communications has promoted Peter Gray to vice president, client services and Sandra Bartishell to vice president of operations. Gray, who been with Aileron since 2014, was previously director of client services. He leads the firm’s clean energy and public affairs accounts. Before coming to Aileron, Gray was marketing and communications manager at Acciona and worked in media relations for the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Bartishell most recently served as Aileron’s director of operations. She oversees all aspects of the agency’s business functions, from human resources and benefits procurement to financial forecasting and contracts. Aileron has also promoted Will O’Brien, a former business and opinion editor at the Chicago Tribune, to chief copywriter and senior account executive.