Golin has appointed Shani Shaker as a director in its healthcare team, with a brief to lead and grow its consumer health portfolio.
Shaker started her career at agencies including Porter Novelli and Edelman, and has worked on brands including Nestlé, Unilever’s Dove, and Seven Seas, as well as a P&G beauty portfolio.
Charged with growing Golin’s consumer health portfolio, Shaker will work closely with executive director and Siân Boisseau, Golin London’s health team lead, to complement the development of its ethical health portfolio and the practice’s overall expansion.
Boisseau said: “We have such ambitious plans and great momentum for health in 2017 so Shani’s credentials and passion for consumer healthcare are the perfect match. Her arrival will take the creative bravery of our client work to another level. 2017 will be quite a year.”
Shaker added: “The opportunity to marry the sort of disruptive creative that Golin is famous for with unrivalled experience of the healthcare environment was for me, unmissable. I can’t wait to start building the consumer health business, growing a team and a brand within this bold and progressive agency.”
Golin has also brought in Jacqui Sanders, a graduate of the Back2Businessship returnship course, for a two week work placement in the health team. Previously head of healthcare at Ruder Finn, Golin said that Sanders would use her time there to become reacquainted with strategic healthcare communications in readiness for her next role.
Golin’s London healthcare practice launched in 2013 following the agency’s acquisition of Virgo Health.