Johanna Herrmann, who was communications director at Gagen MacDonald, has joined Merck as VP, external communications & strategic operations.
She also is chief of staff for Cristal Downing, Merck’s chief communications & PA officer.
At Gagen MacDonald, Herrmann counseled Fortune 100 companies and helped them forge internal/external PR strategies.
Earlier, she worked with Johnson & Johnson, helping to reposition Janssen and developing content for the 75th anniversary of the J&J Credo.
Downing lauded Herrmann’s “experience in leading high-stakes and high-visibility engagements, strong communications expertise, and strategic leadership capabilities.”