Alice Choi appointed HCA chairperson

HCA Healthcare Communications Association Alice Choi

The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) has appointed Alice Choi, chief operating officer at McCann Health Medical Communications, as its new chairperson.

She takes over the voluntary role from interim chair Aileen Thompson, who stepped down at the end of 2018 when she also ended her tenure as executive director of communications at UK pharma trade body the ABPI.

Choi was chosen after a comprehensive selection process and will work closely with HCA CEO Mike Dixon, and the organisation’s governance council and executive committee, to help develop and deliver the HCA’s longer-term strategy.

HCA Healthcare Communications AssociationDixon said: “We were delighted to have had so many industry leading professionals put themselves forward to volunteer for this important role.

“We appointed Alice because of her immense industry experience in medical communications and her experience as an active board member of another trade body, all of which will be valuable for the HCA as it evolves and grows.”

In addition to her main role at McCann Health, Choi also serves as executive director on the agency’s global scientific council, a platform for the company’s scientific experts to have a voice in medical advances of global impact.

She said: “I am delighted to be able to take up this exciting role at the HCA. I welcome the opportunity to work with Mike and the HCA leadership team, to help drive the organisation forward, adding increasing value to our members and helping shape the future of healthcare communications.

“I hope the experience and insights I can bring to the role, from my work at McCann Health and its Global Scientific Council, will complement the great work already underway.”