AstraZeneca's Barnett set to join Ketchum

Ketchum has poached AstraZeneca UK brand comms manager Cat Barnett.

Barnett will join in mid-October as associate director from AZ, where she promotes breast-cancer drugs Ari­midex and Faslodex.

In her two years in the Luton-based role, Barnett also promoted AZ's oncology interests at a ­corporate level and managed AZ's patient-group relation­ships in breast cancer.

Prior to AZ, Barnett wor­ked at Ogilvy PR Worldwide for more than four years. ­She previously worked in various communications roles at the Royal College of Nursing.

Other recent Ketchum hires at associate director level include Ali Wright, who started in July. She is ­also ex-AstraZeneca (PRWeek, 8 June).

AZ comms leader David Prager said he was ‘sorry to lose' Barnett, but added that he had already shortlisted candidates for her role.

He said he was close to filling a similar role for AZ's respiratory drug Symbicort, for which he has been recruit­ing for more than a year (PRWeek, 5 Aug 2005).

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