O’Neill exits GSK for Pfizer position

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) senior external affairs manager Lisa O’Neill has resigned to join rival company Pfizer as a corporate communications manager.

O’Neill, who leaves GSK after six years, is the last of three hires for the corporate comms managers positions, following Pfizer’s decision last year to create two more positions with that title.

O’Neill is working alongside former Accenture UK media relations manager Vicki Trinder, who joined last month, and Sally Goodenough, who has been with Pfizer since 2001. All three corporate comms managers report to Andrew Topen, the former GSK head of government affairs who quit GSK last month (PRWeek, 14 January) and was due to start at Pfizer this week.

At GSK, O’Neill most recently handled public affairs for vaccines. The firm is understood to have appointed a replacement already, and that person is expected to join later this month.

GSK remains on the hunt for another senior external affairs manager in its UK pharma division, following Andrew Garvey’s internal move at the end of last year to pharma programme co-ordinator, Europe, patient advocacy group.

GSK declined to say whether the scope of the roles O’Neill and Garvey filled would change for their replacements.

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