The pair arrive in the wake of the exit of UK healthcare MD Michael Smeeth, who left after just six months (PRWeek, 14 October). F-H also lost its European health chief Patrick Krol in July after only three months (PRWeek, 22 July).
F-H is continuing its search for a permanent UK and a European healthcare MD – but said it was finding suitable candidates hard to come by.
'We're speaking to a couple of people but experienced healthcare staff are like gold dust at the moment,' said F-H regional director for the UK and South Africa Kevin Bell.
'We won't be appointing anybody until the new year.'
Kent joins from Hill & Knowlton where he was an associate director, working with clients including AstraZeneca – for UK corporate activity in oncology.
Benson was previously at Manning Selvage & Lee in the US, before moving to London as associate director for three years.
She resurfaces at F-H after a year's maternity break and will work for clients including Novartis.
Jen Stevenson has also joined F-H's London healthcare team as an account manager.
Stevenson has relocated from the agency's office in Sydney, Australia.