Healthcare: Huntsworth Health loses CEO Rowley

Huntsworth Health's longstanding CEO David Rowley has resigned after eight years at the firm.

Rowley quits without a new job lined up. Huntsworth has appointed Neil Matheson to the role of CEO to replace Rowley.

Matheson was formerly a key member of Huntsworth Health's global leadership team as chief executive of the company's North American operations.

In his new role he will lead the company's global operations. Sandy Royden continues to manage the European operations as CEO Huntsworth Health Europe.

Rowley has been placed on gardening leave until the end of his 12-month notice period, which will end in September 2010. It is understood that Rowley planes to start his own agency once his contractual agreements with Huntsworth have been fulfilled. Huntsworth acquired PBC, the company that Rowley founded, in 2001, providing the platform upon which Huntsworth Health was built (PRWeek 4 May, 2001).

Rowley's leadership contributed to growing the company to £50m in revenue and more that 400 people worldwide.

'I am confident Neil will build energetically on the Huntsworth Health platform that David Rowley has helped us build and lead us forward to the next stage in our global development,' said Huntsworth chief executive Lord Chadlington.

Matheson founded Pennsylvania-based ApotheCom, a medical comms agency, in 1999. ApotheCom expanded into a network of agencies under the AXIS Healthcare Communications holding company name. Matheson sold AXIS to Huntsworth Health in July 2007.

'I look forward to this opportunity to grow the Huntsworth Health family on a global scale. Sandy Royden and her team have done a fantastic job of building the business into a formidable force in European healthcare comms and I know they will continue to grow the European business as a critical part of our global family,' said Matheson.

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