NEW YORK—Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Susan Thiele as US healthcare practice leader, based out of the firm’s New York office.

Thiele has been with the H+K Strategies healthcare group for more than two years and has deep expertise in brand positioning, audience activation, stakeholder engagement, and crisis and issues management. She has counseled healthcare clients at H+K including Amgen, Merck and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining H+K Strategies, Thiele held senior vice president positions at Edelman, Ketchum and Chamberlain Communications.

She has worked across a broad range of medical and therapeutic areas including neuroscience, rheumatology, pain management, gastroenterology, oncology, women’s health, ophthalmology, infectious disease and medical device/diagnostics.