Novartis UK seeks replacement for Fong

Drug firm Novartis UK is on the hunt for a corporate affairs director following the resignation of Fiona Fong.

Drug firm Novartis UK is on the hunt for a corporate affairs director following the resignation of Fiona Fong.

Fong leaves the company - the pharmaceutical giant's UK subsidiary which encompasses 15 defined business units - next month after more than three years in the job.

She is due to join Brunswick next month as an associate working on an as-yet-undecided client list. She is understood to be joining at the relatively junior level of associate - two steps away from the partnership - because Novartis UK is not a listed entity and she is therefore said to have limited experience of financial PR and share-price issues.

A spokesman for Novartis said the post she is vacating - reporting to the company's UK chief executive and president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, Edgar Fullagar - has not yet been filled.

The company is understood to be interviewing candidates from both within and outside its ranks in a bid to fill the post swiftly.

In Fong's role at Novartis, she handled group-wide PR for its 15 separate businesses. Each individual business - from drugs and contact lenses to consumer health and crop protection firms - has its own communications head, working through Fong on group matters. The company uses Greenlines Healthcare Communications and Red Rooster Beauty and Consumer.

Fong, who is on holiday for the next two weeks, was unavailable for comment as PR Week went to press.





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