Amersham Pharmacia lays its communications foundations

Biotechnology supplies company Amersham Pharmacia Biotech is hunting for its first internal communications manager and is about to sign up a PR agency.

Biotechnology supplies company Amersham Pharmacia Biotech is

hunting for its first internal communications manager and is about to

sign up a PR agency.



Amersham Pharmacia Biotech was formed last year from a merger between

Amersham Life Science and Pharmacia Biotech. The restructuring of the

merged company led to a review of in-house and agency activity. The

company has 3,600 employees based in Sweden, the UK, the US and Japan,

with global sales of around pounds 425 million. Fifty-five per cent of

the company is owned by Nycomed Amersham and 45 per cent by Pharmacia

and Upjohn. Nycomed Amersham was established by the merger between

UK-based Amersham and Norwegian Nycomed, which also took place last

year.



The internal communications manager will design the company’s internal

communications structure from scratch. The appointee will report to

corporate affairs director Nicola Smith, who joined the company last

December and was formerly head of corporate affairs for the diversified

industrial group Staveley Industries.



Smith said that the creation of the new post showed top level commitment

to building strong internal communications. ’We’re not just paying

lip-service,’ she said.



’The challenge of the job is that we are a global organisation and there

are different national cultures involved,’ said Smith.



Smith’s current team includes a corporate communications manager and a

project assistants. She is looking for a second project assistant and

administrative support. Smith is also about to hire an agency for

corporate and product communications. She would not name the agency.



Public affairs is managed in-house, and the Item Group produces the

employee magazine and handles some internal communications projects.



The company also has three internal sales and marketing networks based

in Europe, the US and Asia/Pacific.



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