MSL Health MD Richard Hayhurst quits after four months

The MD of MSL's healthcare division has stepped down from his post after just four months in the job.

Going freelance: Richard Hayhurst is ‘pursuing other interests’
Going freelance: Richard Hayhurst is ‘pursuing other interests’

Richard Hayhurst will work as a biotech consultant and contracted freelancer for MSL after deciding to ‘pursue other interests’.

Hayhurst will be replaced by Erin Ortiz, who moved to MSL Health London in June from MSL Health New York. She was vice-president and has worked for MSL for 14 years.

Hayhurst told PRWeek that he ‘didn’t really want to comment’ on why he had left and said he would be working ‘on NGO projects and biotech clients’.

MSL London CEO Kelly Walsh added: ‘Rich has made a decision to pursue other interests. We will be working with him as a biotech consultant and that will be going into the future.’ She added that Hayhurst’s move to a freelance position with MSL was a ‘long-term’ decision.

Hayhurst took up his post as MD of MSL Health in February following the acquisition of his company by Schwartz in September.

He and his wife Amanda co-founded Hayhurst Media in 2004, which was then acquired by Schwartz. She now works for MSL part time as a senior consultant.

Ortiz has recently focused on large consumer health patient awareness campaigns, and in particular on women’s health.

She also works in medical devices, personal health technology and e-health.

‘In an age of information overload I am passionate about helping companies to discover and tell their health story to an increasingly diverse group of stakeholders,’ she said.

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