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Friday, April 08, 2011

Shandwick announced the promotion of Thistle to VP in its Healthcare practice

The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick today announced the promotion of Kristen Thistle to vice president in its Healthcare practice.

Since joining the firm in 1997, Thistle has been a driving force in the Healthcare practice, focusing on major technical and scientific clients. She has also worked as a team leader on public affairs and issues management campaigns, helping clients navigate state and federal legislative and regulatory issues.

“Kristen is a great collaborator and a mentor to colleagues and clients alike,” said Nancy Longley, executive vice president at Weber Shandwick. “She has become a go-to person for us to deal with some of the most complex and interesting challenges in healthcare communications, including data announcements, crisis management and quality improvement positioning.”

Thistle also contributed to Weber Shandwick’s Minneapolis office and its community through her service on the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities – Upper Midwest from 2005-2009.

Thistle previously worked as public relations manager for the National Marrow Donor Program. She graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College with a bachelor’s degree in speech/communication.