Healthcare: Swift exits GCI to take Resolute job

GCI associate director Sarah Swift has quit to join healthcare specialist agency Resolute Communications.

Resolute joint managing director and founding partner Paul Blackburn described Swift, who left GCI last week, as 'one of the next generation of leaders in healthcare comms'.

At GCI, Swift advised clients such as Bayer Laboratories and Merck, Sharp & Dohme. Before joining GCI's London office last year (PRWeek, 19 November 2004) she was healthcare group vice-president for the agency in New York.

Swift previously spent nine years at Porter Novelli, working in London, New York and Melbourne.

She started work at Resolute this week on a remit that includes both business development and client counsel. Her partner is Phil Sheldon, the American who joined Resolute in a board director role earlier this year and who formerly worked at Lippe Taylor, Hill & Knowlton, PN and drugs giant Pharmacia (now part of Pfizer).

Swift's exit is a blow to GCI, which earlier this year lost healthcare Europe president Mark Forbes Irving after less than four months in the job (PRWeek, 18 February). GCI UK managing director Rhonda Smith said she was already hunting a replacement for Swift.

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