NEW YORK—Porter Novelli has hired Megan Pace, who joins the firm’s healthcare and public affairs practice groups as senior vice president, based in San Francisco.
Pace will focus on product communications, issue advocacy, alliance development, coalition building, and crisis management for pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies. She will partner with the public relations counselors at FischerHealth, acquired earlier this year. She will also work with Porter Novelli’s public affairs, issue advocacy and health care leaders throughout the U.S.
Pace previously managed global public relations for Eli Lilly & Company’s neuroscience portfolio. In that role, she developed and managed global marketing communications and issues management programs for products including Zyprexa, Strattera, Cymbalta, and Prozac. In addition, she managed public affairs and ally development initiatives for Lilly’s Washington DC office, representing the company’s interests on a wide range of policy and reimbursement issues.
Previously, she worked in Porter Novelli’s Washington, DC office as a member of the healthcare and social marketing practice.
“Bringing Megan onboard reinforces Porter Novelli’s commitment to providing excellent health care communications counsel to clients,” said Gary Stockman, CEO of North America for Porter Novelli. “The health care industry continues to face difficult challenges and companies want an agency partner that can provide expertise from both the corporate and public sectors. Megan provides the health care and public affairs knowledge, strategy and execution they are looking for to be successful.”