NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Finn Partners has appointed Michael Heinley as partner and deputy of the agency's New York Health Practice. Heinley will report Kristie Kuhl, JD, senior partner, Finn Partners Health, in New York. He will also work with global practice director Gil Bashe, managing partner, in a global professional development effort for colleagues throughout the agency's 14 offices.
Prior to joining Finn Partners, Heinley was vice president of corporate communication at WebMD and oversaw external and internal communications, including executive communications and thought leadership in digital health, advertising and publishing. "Michael is a healthcare industry veteran, and has helped manage the reputation of many of the world's most respected and trusted healthcare industry brands," said Kuhl. "Our clients and our team will benefit from his experience in launching and creating campaigns for pharmaceutical products and devices that are leaders in their categories. He has also managed several high-visibility issues involving stakeholders across the connected healthcare ecosystem." Heinley has extensive experience as a corporate communications executive with Johnson & Johnson, Merck and WebMD spanning internal and external communications, reputation management and marketing. He has also worked in the healthcare practices of international public relations agencies, including Hill+Knowlton. Previously, Heinley served as Johnson & Johnson's vice president, corporate communication, in leadership roles globally in the Company's Pharmaceutical and Corporate divisions. In his most recent role at the Company, he was responsible for Johnson & Johnson's enterprise-wide employee engagement and CEO communications. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Heinley worked at Merck where his experience included roles in global product communication, marketing, and corporate public affairs where he helped protect and strengthen the Company's reputation as it navigated issues and crises.