Kennedy to Head North American Life Sciences for H&K
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Kennedy to Head North American Life Sciences for H&K

Hill & Knowlton has named Theresa Kennedy director of its North American life sciences practice. Formerly a vice president in the practice, Kennedy will be responsible for operations in both Canada and the U.S.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK, May 9—Hill & Knowlton has named Theresa Kennedy director of its North American life sciences practice. Formerly a vice president in the practice, Kennedy will be responsible for operations in both Canada and the U.S., from her headquarters in Vancouver. 
 
H&K created its life sciences practice three years ago because it believed clients were looking for worldwide expertise combined with the nimbleness and close partnership of a boutique.  To address the needs of life sciences companies, Hill and Knowlton has created a new “large-and-small” structure that responds to client demands and a changing market.
 
According to MaryLee Sachs, president and CEO of Hill and Knowlton USA, “We have seen explosive growth in biotech on both sides of the border, and Theresa’s leadership will only further our standing as the only full-service public relations firm with an extensive North American life sciences offering. She provides a complete range of strategic communications expertise from pre-IPO to full product launch.”
 
Prior to joining H&K, Kennedy was executive director of the BC Biotechnology Alliance. Previously, she was a member of the steering committee for HUGO’s 5th annual human genome meeting.
 
“It is a testament to the tremendous growth and maturity of the biotechnology industry here in Canada that Hill and Knowlton has placed our North American leader for life sciences in Vancouver,” said Michael Coates, president and CEO of Hill and Knowlton Canada. “Theresa knows the North American marketplace very well and also has key experience in Asia that fits well with our West Coast clients.”
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