Sanofi-Aventis hires ex-Tory adviser

Sanofi-Aventis has bolstered its external affairs team by drafting in a former Conservative Party adviser.

Mark Lloyd-Davies joined the French pharma company's UK arm this week as external affairs manager. The role involves liaising between Sanofi-Aventis, government, other companies and charities.

Lloyd-Davies worked for the Conservatives for two years in the lead-up to this year's general election, advising party leader Michael Howard and shadow health politicians.

When the election campaign finished, he looked for a change of role.
'It was frenzied activity for the whole time I was there,' said Lloyd-Davies, formerly senior health policy adviser to the opposition. 'But I have been looking to move into the private sector.'

Lloyd-Davies added that he is expected to use contacts garnered in his previous role to promote Sanofi-Aventis, the world's third largest drugs firm.

Lloyd-Davies effectively replaces Anna Sörman, who is now working for US biotech company Amgen in the UK (PRWeek, 16 September). Sörman was head of brand policy and public affairs.

Sanofi-Aventis initially indicated it would appoint a replacement head of external relations (PRWeek, 23 September) but, after Lloyd-Davies' appointment, no further recruits are expected.

'As far as I am concerned we now have a full team,' said UK comms director Cressida Ward.

Lloyd-Davies will remain a Tory party member, but will not actively campaign.

Sanofi-Aventis last week hired David Keown from Packer Forbes Communications as brand comms manager (PRWeek, 14 October).
Both Keown and Lloyd-Davies are based in Guildford in Surrey.

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