Pharmaceutical firm MSD has appointed former TD and minister of state Liz O’Donnell as Director of Policy, Government Affairs and Communications for its Irish operation.

The company said Ms O’Donnell will be responsible for developing and delivering collaborative public affairs strategies and policy initiatives “in order to maintain MSD’s position as a key stakeholder in Irish healthcare sector”.
She will join the leadership team of MSD Human Health from the beginning of January.

The company provides healthcare solutions in areas such as diabetes, heart disease, immunology, oncology, infectious diseases, women’s health, and anaesthesia.

Ms O’Donnell was appointed as Chair of the Road Safety Authority in 2014 and will continue to serve in this non-executive role.

Commenting on the announcement, Managing Director of MSD Human Health Ger Brennan said: “In recent years MSD has engaged proactively with partners across the public policy landscape to encourage an open debate about the future of the Irish healthcare system, with the needs of the patient at its heart – Liz will play a leading role in maintaining and advancing that debate.”

MSD employs over 1,800 people in Ireland across manufacturing, R&D, global shared services and commercial facilities.

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