Healthcare: Prager to lead AZ comms in the UK

Anglo-Swedish drugs giant AstraZeneca has promoted David Prager to the role of communications leader for its UK operations.

The 28-year-old American is to replace Miriam Hughesman, who is joining Weber Shandwick in California. He had been acting in the Luton-based role since it emerged that Hughesman was heading for the exit (PRWeek, 6 May).

Prager was formerly brand comms manager for Symbicort. Recruitment is under way to fill this role. He heads a four-strong team comprising Kerrie Cooke and Claire Puddiphatt (both on external and internal comms) and Caroline Benson (internal comms).

Before moving to the UK with AZ two and a half years ago, Prager worked for Ogilvy PR Worldwide in New York and London. Prior to that he was a summer intern at the White House.

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