GSK’s Daley to join Health Protection Agency

GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) senior external comms manager David Daley is leaving to join The Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Daley joins the authority next week as chief operating officer, reporting to HPA director of communications Lis Biranne.

At GSK, Daley leaves behind a five-strong team under the leadership of head of external comms Kate Hewer, who returned from maternity leave this year.

Before GSK, which he joined in 2004, Daley worked as a press officer at the Department of Health.

Last month, GSK warned of job losses as it announced cost-cutting plans to offset falling sales of diabetes treatment Avandia. Sales have declined since a study concluded that it increased the risk of heart problems.

The pharma firm is aiming to save £700m in annual costs within three years.

‘The move is a great opportunity at a time when public health is high on the media agenda,’ said Daley of his HPA appointment.

The HPA gives advice to the NHS, local authorities and the emergency services.

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