NEW YORK: Porter Novelli named Peter Pitts a partner and director of global healthcare. Pitts takes the position March 16 as he transitions from his previous role as SVP of global health affairs for MS&L Worldwide. Pitts will report to Julie Winskie, president for PN Americas. Pitts is the president of The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and a former associate commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration. The position was created specifically for him.