H&K hires Lewton to new SVP role in its healthcare arm

NEW YORK: Kathy Lewton, the former president of the PRSA, has accepted the newly created position of SVP at Hill & Knowlton's healthcare practice.

NEW YORK: Kathy Lewton, the former president of the PRSA, has accepted the newly created position of SVP at Hill & Knowlton's healthcare practice.

Lewton, who most recently worked at Fleishman-Hillard as SVP of that agency's healthcare practice, will report to John Quick, director of H&K's New York healthcare group.

H&K also recently hired Ann Chesbrough, formerly of Saatchi & Saatchi Rowland, as a new SVP in its healthcare group. The additions of both Lewton and Chesbrough come just months after the agency picked up a significant amount of new business from the American Heart Association, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Pfizer.

Prior to her five-year stint at Fleishman, Lewton served as director of Porter Novelli's US healthcare practice.

She is also the author of Public Relations in Health Care: A Guide For Professionals.

"Momentum is everything in the agency business," said Lewton of her decision to join her new firm. "H&K has an infectious sense of energy and enthusiasm right now."

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