WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ruder Finn has named Don McLearn, a 17-year Food and Drug Administration public affairs veteran, as senior vice president in its Washington, D.C., healthcare practice.
McLearn joins Ruder Finn after five years with Fleishman-Hillard and will serve as a senior healthcare counselor assisting clients dealing with crisis management, corporate reputation, prescription drug and medical device approvals, public affairs and issues management.
According to Craig Martin, executive vice president and managing director of Ruder Finn’s Washington office, “He has valuable contacts throughout the FDA and knows how the agency FDA works. He is also, and is also uniquely experienced in working with the highest level healthcare journalists on very sensitive and complex issues. And he brings all that to the table in a very genuine and thoughtful way.”
Before starting his career in public relations, McLearn served as the deputy associate commissioner for public affairs of the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. He helped the FDA’s top officials, including commissioners David Kessler and Jane Henney in dealing with the media. He also served as public affairs and press chief for the Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Epidemic.