The agency has recently seen a number of staffers depart for Just Health PR, formed by two ex-Chandler Chicco Agency directors.
But UK managing director Neil McGregor-Paterson is fighting back with the hire of Priya Lakhani-Quiling and Sylva Michelli as PR consultants.
Lakhani-Quiling joins from Tonic Life Communications where she was an account manager. She will work on the agency’s Allergan business, where work will include comms across Europe on cosmetic enhancement product Botox.
Michelli moves across from UniChem where she was brand equalisation product manager, with experience of therapy areas including heart failure, sepsis and arthritis. Prior to UniChem, she was product manager at Merial in Australia where she managed various veterinary brands. She will also work on the Merck account.
The two additions bring the headcount at CCA, which is ranked number two in PRWeek’s Healthcare League Table, to 56.
Meanwhile, sister agency Biosector 2 has hired a former account manager at Hill & Knowlton to handle an undisclosed piece of new business. Ashley Lilly worked across sectors such as oncology, asthma, anti-infectives and the global launch of Merck’s Type 2 diabetes treatment Januvia.