Edelman Makes Two New SVP Hires

simiThis week Edelman announced two new hires: David Ryan will be the firm’s SVP of financial communications in Toronto and Simi Ranajee will be SVP of market access in Chicago.

Before the hire, Ryan spent nearly a decade with Longview Communications, a Toronto firm specializing in financial and corporate comms. Ryan entered finance after a stint in the world of advertising; he handled PR internally for agencies Colour and Grey Toronto after beginning his career as a journalist.

Scott Thomson, deputy general manager of Edelman Toronto, writes:

“Ryan’s appointment establishes the firm as a credible contender to support major financial transactions and special situations.”

Ranajee has an extensive history in the healthcare sector; her career began with a five-year stint in sales at Wyeth and has recently worked for other medical companies. She also serves on the Women’s Board for the American Cancer Society and volunteers for the Chicago Chapter of the Healthcare Business Women’s Associations and Cures Within Reach.

Kym White, global practice chair, health, writes that the appointment will “…strengthen [clients’] value positioning while engaging payers to find shared value for their emerging healthcare products and services.”