Robert Hanvik

Robert Hanvik

Approximately half of Robert’s career has been spent at agencies / consultancies, while the remainder has been spent on the client side. He has deep experience in nearly every communications-related discipline, including market development, integrated marketing communications, corporate/mergers & acquisitions, public and media relations, writing/editing, internal communications, government affairs, corporate social responsibility, and digital business. Until December 2010, Robert headed global communications for Smiths Medical, where he was responsible for all internal and external communications, Digital Business, government affairs, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). He led the establishment of government affairs; industry and patient relations activities; and CSR programmes for the business. He also reorganised Digital Business and led the team that automated more than half of the business’ sales (£450 million) via digital means. The team also added more than £9 million in incremental value and reduced budgets by £2.5 million. Previously, he was Managing Director for the fastest-growing office of global communications firm Fleishman-Hillard International, where he also led the creation of a healthcare practice, opening centres of excellence in London, Dublin, Berlin, Tokyo, Shanghai, and six US cities. Robert also held leadership roles at consultancies SGH Communications, Tunheim Group, Colle + McVoy, and Weber Shandwick Worldwide, and served as Head of Global Public Relations for Medtronic, Inc. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota), with minors in Business Administration and International Economics. He studied Journalism and Political Science at the London School of Economics, and read Law at William Mitchell College of Law. Robert has travelled extensively; and speaks French, and reads Spanish and Italian. In addition to his role at Creation Healthcare, he also serves as a member of faculty for the World Medical Device Organization (WMDO).
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