NEW YORK—Peter Pitts, who joined Manning Selvage & Lee last year from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been promoted to senior vice president of global health affairs.
In his new role, Pitts will expand his scope beyond the U.S. and counsel MS&L’s pharmaceutical, biotech and food clients globally. He will also continue to drive thought leadership throughout the MS&L network on food and health issues facing the industry, including new drug development, drug importation, direct-to-consumer advertising, obesity and food labeling.
“With the globalization of health issues, there is a clear need to define the role communications can play in educating diverse populations around the world,” said Pitts.
Pitts is also a senior fellow for health care studies at the Pacific Research Institute, and is the director of PRI’s Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. Previously, he was associate director for external affairs at FDA, where served as the senior communications adviser to the FDA Commissioner and provided strategic policy and program direction for the agency’s entire range of communications and interaction with stakeholders and other external audiences, including media.