NEW YORK: Peter Pitts, who holds the top communications position at the US Food and Drug Administration, will become MS&L's SVP of health affairs.
Pitts will join the agency on June 21. A successor has not yet been named at the FDA.
At MS&L, Pitts will offer clients in the food and healthcare industries strategic advice on working with the FDA as "not only a regulator but also a partner," he said.
He will also help clients create consumer awareness programs.
"The health issues are becoming a major factor in our business," said Joe Gleason, president, North America, MS&L. "I think he'll bring tremendous insight."
As associate commissioner for external communications since April 2003, Pitts provided policy and program guidance on issues ranging from drug importation to direct-to-consumer advertising.
"I'm making the change now for personal reasons," Pitts said. "My time at the FDA has been incredibly exhilarating and exciting and fun, and I hope to bring that exuberance to the private sector."