Thought Leader Select Names Castle to Lead Marketing, Client Relations


MARCH 30, 2010 (CHAPEL HILL, NC)—Thought Leader Select, a North Carolina firm dedicated to better engagement and more sophisticated deployment of key opinion leaders for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, announces the hiring of Brian Castle as director of global marketing and client relations.

Mr. Castle, a native of Jackson, MS, spent 11 years leading business development teams in the financial services industry for a variety of Fortune 500 banking institutions. More recently, through his independent consulting company, Parklife Communications, Mr. Castle has collaborated with companies and individuals in consumer product design and development, engineering, business services, manufacturing, and fine arts on multiple marketing, communications, public relations and social media projects.

“Brian brings a unique set of skills to Thought Leader Select,” stated Kristen Smithwick, vice president of global sales, marketing, and planning at the firm.  “His work is taking us to the forefront of our marketplace, in terms of his abilities to connect us even more with our clients, prospects, and industry leaders.”

Castle earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1998.  He will be serving Thought Leader Select in several capacities, executing marketing strategies, managing client relationships, and assisting senior management with issues related to strategic planning.

About Thought Leader Select

Thought Leader Select is a specialty firm focused on providing solutions—research, technology tools and focused advice/consulting—for more effective KOL engagement and deployment in the healthcare industry. Thought Leader Select’s groundbreaking work bridges the areas of research, communications and technology. With more than 70 years of combined experience working in and with the pharmaceutical industry, Thought Leader Select is addressing needs for better engagement and more sophisticated deployment of KOLs during drug development and the life cycle of the brand.

Media Contact:

Kristen Smithwick

Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing, and Planning


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