Press Release

Matt Bennett Joins PhRMA as Senior VP, Communications

PhRMA April 26, 2013

Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2011) — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) today announced that Matthew D. Bennett has been named Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, effective today. Bennett will report to Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Josephine Martin.

In his new role, Bennett will be responsible for leading and overseeing PhRMA’s advocacy communications functions. He comes to PhRMA from GolinHarris, where he served as Senior Vice President of the firm’s health care communications and advocacy group.

“We are very excited to have Matt join our Public Affairs team at PhRMA,” said Martin. “With his in-depth knowledge of the policy and environmental challenges we face, coupled with his strategic instincts, communications expertise and collaborative mindset, Matt will be an incredible asset as we continue our efforts to convey the important role our sector plays in advancing medical progress and improving the lives of patients everywhere.”

“The biopharmaceutical research sector provides a unique and dynamic combination of improving America’s health and contributing to our economic growth,” said Bennett. “I am thrilled to join PhRMA at this exciting time and am grateful for the opportunity to help the organization and the industry continue telling its story in new and compelling ways.”

During his time with GolinHarris, Bennett worked at length for clients in both the biopharmaceutical and insurance sectors, designing and implementing strategic campaigns focused on advancing public policy priorities, developing thought leadership platforms and building political brands.

Prior to joining GolinHarris, he served as a Senior Consultant at Issue Dynamics, Inc., where he provided issues management, public relations services and public policy expertise to clients in the health care, telecommunications, high-tech, energy and non-profit sectors. Previously, Bennett managed policy affairs on telecommunications issues for the Alliance for Public Technology, and coordinated media and external relations activities for the Alliance for Community Media.

Bennett earned a Masters of Arts in political science from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts, also from AU, in political science and interdisciplinary studies in communications, law, economics and governments.


The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures. PhRMA members alone invested an estimated $49.4 billion in 2010 in discovering and developing new medicines. Industry-wide research and investment reached a record $67.4 billion in 2010.

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