H&K nabs Ketchum healthcare pro Itkin

NEW YORK: Hill & Knowlton last week added critical mass to its senior-level healthcare management by snatching longtime pro Valerie Itkin away from Ketchum.

NEW YORK: Hill & Knowlton last week added critical mass to its senior-level healthcare management by snatching longtime pro Valerie Itkin away from Ketchum.

NEW YORK: Hill & Knowlton last week added critical mass to its

senior-level healthcare management by snatching longtime pro Valerie

Itkin away from Ketchum.



Itkin, who arrives at H&K on September 7, joins the practice as a senior

managing director. Her previous experience includes tenures at

Burson-Marsteller and Sciens Worldwide.



’It’s more a ’going to’ than a ’leaving,’’ she said. Her role will be

strategy-intensive, requiring her to ’leverage what I’ve learned and who

I know.’



Jim Jennings, director of H&K’s US healthcare/pharmaceutical practice,

stressed that Itkin’s hiring was a part of creating a

consensus-leadership model and that her entrepreneurial bent

distinguished her from other candidates.



In other H&K news, the agency hired another healthcare vet, Nancy Buono

Cartwright, for its San Francisco media relations practice. In addition,

H&K has filled 10 spots at its Washington office.



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