Edelman, the global communications firm has announced a number of senior hires and promotions to further reinforce its EMEA Health team.

Already the leading health communications firm in the region, the hires reflect the rapid growth within the health sector and the increased demand from health and pharmaceutical businesses for fully integrated communications solutions.

Nicola Scocchi, Director in Edelman’s Brussels office, has been appointed as Head of Health Policy for the EMEA region with immediate effect. Since he joined Edelman in 2019, Nicola has more than doubled the size of the Brussels Health team, which he will continue to lead. Among the clients Nicola has successfully cultivated in his two and a half years at Edelman are Novartis, Sanofi and Bayer AG.

Vicky Bramham re-joins Edelman Health in the UK from OPEN Health (formerly Reynolds-MacKenzie) where she spent two-and-a-half years as Managing Director. Vicky is now added to the long list of Edelman “boomerangs” and joins the senior leadership team at the UK health powerhouse. She will assume responsibility for client services across the team.

Nils Giese has joined as Managing Director Healthcare in Germany. He arrives from Saatchi & Saatchi, where he was Head of Strategy for many years, responsible for clients including Sanofi, Merck, GSK, and Boehringer Ingelheim, among others. With his many years of experience in marketing, brand and communication strategies, Nils brings a wealth of integrated consulting experience that will complement the existing Health leadership in Germany.

Alvaro Mateo joins in Madrid, having worked for the leading health agencies in Spain, including Ogilvy and Weber Shandwick, as well as in-house with PharmaMar. Alvaro has built strong relationships with many of his clients and his experience in all aspects of health communication will significantly strengthen Edelman Health in Spain.

“The last year has been a record-breaking one for Edelman Health,” commented Carolyn Paul, EMEA Chair of Health. “We experienced double-digit growth in the region and health is now the largest sector within Edelman globally. These senior hires will enable us to extend that trajectory and more importantly, continue to bring innovative, award-winning ideas to our clients and to build trust in healthcare as we emerge from the pandemic, across our region”.