CHICAGO—Kimberly White, who for the past decade has led the healthcare practice and more recently the New York office at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, is joining healthcare giant Baxter International as vice president of corporate communications. White’s responsibilities will include public relations, crisis communications, financial communications, internal communications, web and executive communications. She will report to chairman and chief executive officer Robert Parkinson.
White joins Baxter after 16 years with Ogilvy, the last four years as managing director of the firm’s New York office. Prior to running the New York office, she was managing director of the firm’s global healthcare practice. In her 16 years at Ogilvy, she developed communications programs for some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare companies, including Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Medtronic, Chiron and McKesson.
White cited the role of Parkinson, the former president of Abbott who took over as CEO at Baxter two years ago and “is really reinvigorating the company” as one influence on her decision to move to the corporate site. In addition, the move marks a return to Chicago, where White earned her degree at Northwestern and spent her first five years in public relations working for Burson-Marsteller before joining Ogilvy.
Korn/Ferry International’s Nels Olson and Jody Cooper handled the search for Baxter.