Rich Buckley
Richard Buckley

Richard Buckley, who was VP, global corporate affairs at AstraZeneca, has joined Rational 360 as managing director.

Buckley was most recently chief corporate affairs officer at EQRx, a biotech startup, where he built an integrated team to support the company’s go-public launch and other key milestones.

At AstraZeneza, his portfolio included global policy and government affairs, external, internal, product and digital communications, patient advocacy, philanthropy, crisis and issues management, and corporate brand management and reputation.

Before that, Buckley served as director of federal government affairs at Eli Lilly & Company, legislative counsel at PhRMA, and an assistant parliamentarian in the United States Senate.

“Rich has a strong reputation for delivering results through integrated and innovative campaigns that drive business success, create competitive advantage, and strengthen corporate reputation and brand,” said Rational 360 CEO and managing director Patrick Dorton. “His experience and business acumen in the highly regulated and highly scrutinized bio-pharmaceutical industry will be invaluable to our clients across sectors and geographies who face complex multi-stakeholder challenges.”