MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: DNA ancestry company 23andMe has hired Angela Wonson as VP of communications.
She has been in the role for about five weeks.
Wonson is leading the company’s corporate communications, media relations, investor relations, and internal communications activities. She is reporting to Kathy Hibbs, chief legal and regulatory officer. Wonson replaced Christine Castro, who left to become SVP for communications at CBS Interactive, in the role.
After beginning her career in TV news, Wonson gained experience in healthcare communications in roles at the Cleveland Clinic and Intuitive Surgical, where she said she was driven by work that had an effect at "the human level and on a societal level."
Most recently, Wonson was VP of communications and senior media adviser at Intuitive Surgical. Previously, she was EVP and director of healthcare media at Weber Shandwick and SVP for national health media relations at Edelman. She has also served as CCO at The Cleveland Clinic, according to a statement from 23andMe.
Intuitive Surgical has yet to name a successor to Wonson, she said. A representative from the company was not immediately available for comment.
Seven months ago, the Food and Drug Administration sent 23andMe a warning letter saying it should stop marketing its health-focused genetic tests. However, the federal agency recently agreed to review a 23andMe proposal for a new product.
Wonson explained that transparency is "extremely important" to the company, saying it must stay true to its mission and not lose its identity.
"We all recognize we’re working in partnership with the FDA and we want to be good partners in that process," she said.