WS hunts new healthcare chief to fill Tomkins’s role

Weber Shandwick is currently on the lookout for a UK and European healthcare chief following the departure last week of executive vice-president of global healthcare Lee Tomkins.

The firm’s joint UK chief executive David Brain said that Tomkins, who joined WS last summer from Ruder Finn (PRWeek, 28 June 2002) had ‘decided to leave for lifestyle reasons’, adding: ‘She just wanted a break.’

Tomkins this week said: ‘I plan to spend the summer off at home in Cornwall.’

Brain said that WS was looking both internally and externally to fill the role, adding there was a possibility the role could be relocated to Geneva, Switzerland, depending on factors such as the experience and skills of the person hired.

Brain and global healthcare practice president Laura Schoen have taken interim charge of the 17-strong UK division, with directors Glen Mursell, Roy Stairmand and Jeremy Clark handling day-to-day issues.

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