Opinion: My Best Hire - Jennie Talman, Chandler Chicco Agency MD on the efficient Oliver Parsons

'I hired Ollie when I was an MD in the healthcare practice at Burson-Marsteller in 1994. He had limited healthcare PR experience but convinced me he could quickly apply his knowledge of event management and marketing.

'He was a key player on a major AstraZeneca account and his dry sense of humour and inner calm were valued by both clients and colleagues.

'Each trip to international conferences brought its own unique challenges, but none was too big for Ollie: unique venues were found for VIP meetings, helicopters ordered in 20 minutes and urgent media requests dealt with efficiently.

'We both moved on - Ollie went to Serono and then CPR, where he quickly took on a leadership role.'

Oliver Parsons resigned from CPR Worldwide in March.

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