Susan Thiele Appointed U.S. Head of Healthcare

NEW YORK, 1 August 2012 – Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced today the appointment of Susan Thiele as U.S. healthcare practice leader, effective immediately. Thiele will continue to be based out of the firm’s New York office.

Thiele has been with the H+K Strategies healthcare group for more than two years helping healthcare companies navigate the opportunities and challenges of an evolving communications landscape. She has deep expertise in building strategic communications platforms that include brand positioning, audience activation, stakeholder engagement, and crisis and issues management. Thiele has counseled numerous healthcare clients at H+K including Amgen, Merck and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining H+K Strategies, Thiele held senior positions at several top communications firms where she oversaw product and corporate public relations initiatives for companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Over the years she has acquired experience working with clients large and small 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.

“Susan has demonstrated great leadership in her role as the head of our New York healthcare practice, and I'm confident she will take us in the direction we want to go as we build out our healthcare practice across the U.S.,” said Dan Bartlett, president and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies U.S. “Her familiarity with the industry and extensive experience with clients in the healthcare and pharmaceutical space, combined with her commitment to top flight client service, will be of great value in this role.”

“I am honored to accept this expanded role leading H+K’s U.S. healthcare practice and eager to continue driving the business forward,” said Thiele. “The healthcare industry is currently being confronted with wavering public trust and increased regulation, requiring a need for critical new approaches to business practice and fresh communications strategies. H+K’s healthcare team is one of the largest and most experienced in the industry, and we will continue to use our expertise to drive real business value for our clients.”

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from the State University of New York College at Fredonia.