K&R leaders take control of ECCO after exits

Kinross & Render CEO Sara Render and director Siobhan Griffiths are co-managing the agency’s 18-month-old healthcare division ECCO Healthcare following a brace of senior exits, it emerged this week.

The pair are jointly running the division – which works for Nutricia Clinical Care and the Alzheimer's Society (on an ad hoc, pro bono basis) – following the unrelated departures of Carole Graham and Eric Hansen.

Graham, a former stalwart in Schering Health Care's comms team, only joined K&R last autumn but quickly left to take an associate director role at Fuel PR, starting last month.

Graham was effectively brought in to replace Hansen, ECCO Healthcare's launch figurehead (PRWeek, 1 October 2004), who is now an account director, working on medical education, at Ogilvy Healthworld.

ECCO Healthcare owes its name to K&R's membership of ECCO International, the PR network of which it is a founder member.
Griffiths said K&R remained committed to the ECCO Healthcare brand, adding: 'We are pitching for an international account.'

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