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On the Move: Johnson Succeeds Hawkins at Alpine's Health Unit
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Dateline: New York, NY
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Courtney Johnson
Courtney Johnson

The Alpine Group names agency principal Courtney Johnson to succeed James “Jay” Hawkins as leader of its healthcare policy practice. Over the past decade, Johnson has spearheaded and executed numerous advocacy campaigns on major healthcare legislation and assisted in the creation of policies to streamline approval pathways for medical technologies, ensuring patients have access to opioid-reversal medications and medication-assisted therapy, supporting the medical countermeasure enterprise, ensuring patients have access to the most appropriate medical care, and more. Hawkins joined Alpine Group in 2004 after serving as health policy advisor to Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-VT) on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Prior to that role, he was senior legislative assistant to Rep. Terry Bruce (D-IL) and Legislative Assistant to Rep. Jim Bates (D-CA). “For two decades, Jay has worked tirelessly for our team and clients, consistently achieving success, and making all of us better at our jobs,” said Alpine Group CEO and managing principal Les Spivey. Spivey also noted that “Courtney’s time at Alpine has been marked by steadfast determination on behalf of our clients and colleagues, in-depth knowledge of the healthcare system’s complexities, and a critical understanding of the inner workings of Capitol Hill.”

Jacolyn Gleason
Jacolyn Gleason

SolComms brings on 5WPR SVP Jacolyn Gleason as head of client services, a newly created role. Gleason worked in 5W’s consumer healthcare division, handling such key initiatives as capitalizing on emerging industries, developing the agency’s cannabis and CBD group, and leading sexual wellness clients. At SolComms, she will oversee several of SolComms’ 35 accounts, provide high-level client services, and serve as the agency's primary representative in building and maintaining relationships with its companies, new clients and media partners. Reporting directly to the agency CEO and founder, Bruno Solari, Gleason will play an instrumental role in driving the company’s growth trajectory. SolComms has also promoted Isabella Morreal and Kylee Kaetzel to senior directors of its healthcare and consumer groups.

Lisa Simon
Lisa Simon

Holland & Hart, a Denver-based law firm, hires Lisa Simon as chief marketing and business development officer. A former president of the Legal Marketing Association, Simon joins the firm from Phoenix-based Lewis Roca, where she was also chief marketing and business development officer. At Holland & Hart, she will lead the firm’s client services group, which includes business development, marketing, communications, events, and creative and video services. The firm has also brought on Joseph Woods as CFO. “Lisa and Joe’s decades of experience at world-class law firms will help enhance our ability to meet our strategic priorities and grow the firm in alignment with our clients’ needs," said Holland & Hart chair Chris Balch.

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