NEW YORK: Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired former key US Senate aide David Bowen to lead its global healthcare practice effective July 1.
Bowen will report to Vivian Lines, vice chair and global head of practices at H+K, as global healthcare practice leader and EVP.
He will oversee the firm's strategists around the world in its second-largest practice.
Bowen said the chance to work globally attracted him to the job.
“In healthcare trends, important developments really don't know national boundaries,” he said. “It was also a chance to work with a very talented group of people.”
H+K's previous worldwide healthcare leader, Dan McIntyre, left the firm in 2011 to join Biogen Idec as SVP for public affairs.
The WPP Group agency said in a statement that Bowen “was instrumental” in moving the Affordable Care Act through the Senate as staff director for health for the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions under the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). He was also deputy director of global health policy and advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and most recently CEO of Malaria No More, a nonprofit that fights the disease through advocacy and communications. Bowen has also served as a visiting professor in Harvard Medical School's department of healthcare policy.
H+K has made a number of major personnel moves in recent months. In May, the firm promoted Andy Weitz to US president and CEO to replace Dan Bartlett, who left the agency to join Walmart as EVP of corporate affairs. It also named Sergio Morales US consumer and marketing communications practice leader in January and appointed Chris Gidez and Bill Coletti global head of its energy practice and global crisis co-lead, respectively, in April.
Last August, H+K promoted Susan Thiele to US healthcare practice leader.
This story was updated on June 10 with quotes from Bowen.