LaVoie Group Expands Public Relations Leadership Team

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Industry Veteran Amy J. Speak to Add Life Science Industry Depth to Growing Team

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Amy J. Speak

Amy’s extensive knowledge of the healthcare and biopharmaceutical industry and her agency experience are great assets to our existing and future client roster of leading life science and biopharmaceutical brands.

LaVoie Group, a global leader in life science and pharmaceutical communications, today announced the appointment of Amy J. Speak as Vice President of Public and Media Relations. Ms. Speak has spent more than 20 years in the life sciences industry, with extensive experience in health care and biopharmaceutical communications as well as sales. She will join the agency’s Salem, Massachusetts headquarters, where she will report to President and CEO, Donna L. LaVoie.

Speak will provide account leadership and strategic counsel and programming for several of the agency’s global public relations accounts. She will also focus on agency development initiatives. LaVoie Group is an integrated marketing agency providing full communications support to pharmaceutical multinationals and emerging life sciences organizations across the globe, including Pfizer Biosimilars, Pfizer Animal Health, Invida Group, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Aegerion Pharmaceuticals.

"Amy’s extensive knowledge of the healthcare and biopharmaceutical industry and her agency experience are great assets to our existing and future client roster of leading life science and biopharmaceutical brands,” said Donna L. LaVoie, president and chief executive officer of LaVoie Group. “Her broad experience in communications and vertical expertise adds valuable leadership to our team during this exciting time.”

Previously, Ms. Speak was Vice President at global public relations firm Porter Novelli, responsible for client engagements ranging from global pharmaceutical R&D organizations to biotechnology startups. Previous clients include Applied Biosystems, PerkinElmer Corp., Avid Radiopharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D, DeCode Genetics, Amicus Therapeutics and Luminex Corporation. She previously held market development and sales management positions with GMP Companies, Genzyme Genetics and BioSource International (now part of Life Technologies).

“The LaVoie Group has achieved an impressive record of growth and continually produces award-winning work,” said Ms. Speak. “I am excited to be joining a dynamic, growing agency and look forward to partnering with our clients to achieve business objectives through strategic communications.”

Promotion of Carey Pilato to Senior Vice President, Public Relations (NY/NJ Region)

In related news, LaVoie Group announced the promotion of Carey Pilato to Senior Vice President, Public Relations. Pilato joined the agency in June of 2010, as Vice President, NY/NJ region and has demonstrated strong leadership and strategic counsel in commercial communications. Mr. Pilato works from midtown Manhattan/New Jersey, providing senior level strategic counsel and implementation to LaVoie Group’s New York/New Jersey-based key clients.

About LaVoie Group
LaVoie Group partners with leading life sciences brands to build their companies, attract capital, and reach key stakeholders through integrated communications programs. We provide senior-level counsel to our clients, create visibility, and develop strategies and implementation tactics for corporate and/or product programs on a global scale.

Our clients range from privately held start-ups to global industry leaders in life sciences and bio-pharmaceuticals such as Pfizer Inc., sanofi-aventis, Alphatec Spine, Invida Holdings, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Rockwell Medical, Hepregen, and Bionor Pharma, where LaVoie Group handles global assignments for its clients. LaVoie Group is ranked by O’Dwyer’s PR Report as one of the leading independent healthcare PR firms in the U.S. and has been honored by the LACP as “Boutique Agency of the Year” in both 2008 and 2009. For more information, please visit


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