NEW YORK—Porter Novelli has named Peter Pitts a partner and director of global healthcare. Pitts joins from MS&L, where he was senior vice president, director for global health affairs.
In addition to his role at Porter Novelli, Pitts is the co-founder and president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, a think tank for public health care policy issues.
At Porter, he will manage the healthcare team in the New York office and will work with executive teams globally and in each region to strategize the course of healthcare growth across the organization. He will report directly to Julie Winskie, president, Americas, for the agency.
From 2002 to 2004, Pitts served as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s associate commissioner for external relations, where he acted as senior communications and policy adviser to the Commissioner. He supervised the FDA's office of public affairs, office of the ombudsman, office of special health issues, office of executive secretariat and advisory committee oversight and management. He served on the agency’s obesity working group and counterfeit drug task force.