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Maria K Woods, Esq Named Director, Compliance and Privacy at Publicis Touchpoint Solutions, Inc


Yardley, PA—July 26,2011— Publicis Touchpoint Solutions, Inc—a leading provider of multichannel message delivery solutions for the life sciences industry—has announced that Maria K Woods, Esq has joined the organization as Director, Compliance and Privacy. Publicis Touchpoint Solutions is a division of Publicis Healthcare Communications Group.

Ms. Woods joins Publicis Touchpoint Solutions with over 16 years in the healthcare industry. She served most recently as the Vice President, Legal, Regulatory, and Professional Affairs with the Greater New York Hospital Association where she was responsible for supporting legal, regulatory, and policy issues with particular focus on HIPAA privacy, infection control, and prevention issues.

Previously, Ms. Woods was with Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation as Director, Ethics and Compliance. There she was responsible for internal investigations of allegations involving possible violations of state of federal laws, PhRMA code and company code of conduct policies. She also designed training programs for home office and field based employees, developed and implemented policies, protocol and procedures related to compliance, case reviews, and investigations, and interpreted complex state and federal regulations for the company. Additionally, Ms. Woods developed and implemented the department’s first field based audit plan.

Ms. Woods received her BS degree in Health Care Administration from Kings College. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from City University of New York Law School and possesses a certificate in Publishing and Communications from Harvard University.

“Maria Woods brings a tremendous level of compliance expertise to our organization,” stated Rick Keefer, president and CEO of Publicis Touchpoint Solutions. “Maria will interface well with our clients and demonstrate the fact that we take governance and compliance as serious as they do. Her strong leadership and impressive experience will strengthen our organization as compliance continues to play a critical role in today’s new marketplace.”

In her new role at Publicis Touchpoint Solutions, Ms. Woods is responsible for assisting in the development and adherence to compliance policies and procedures, designing employee training programs, and identifying and investigating related issues. She will work closely with all Touchpoint teams and clients and ensure compliance for all company initiatives. Ms. Woods will report directly to Rick Keefer and functionally to Publicis Healthcare Communication Group Deputy General Counsel, Corporate and Employment, John Spitzig.


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About Publicis Touchpoint Solutions, Inc.
Publicis Touchpoint Solutions provides a comprehensive array of multichannel message delivery solutions to the life sciences industry. From in field to inside and from promotional to clinical, Publicis Touchpoint Solutions centers-of-excellence include field sales and service, live video detailing, inside credentialed sales specialists, inside sales and service, clinical health educators, and medical science liaisons. A wide range of vital support solutions—each of which serves all of the company’s message delivery channels—includes recruiting, training, performance management, operations, data/analytics, and compliance. Publicis Touchpoint Solutions provides the human touch to precision multichannel messaging delivered at the right time and through the right channels to achieve maximum impact. Publicis Touchpoint Solutions is a member of the Publicis Healthcare Communications Group.

About Publicis Healthcare Communications Group
Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG), a member of Publicis Groupe SA, is one of the largest healthcare communications groups in the world with over 2,700 employees located in 10 countries. Worldwide healthcare services include advertising, medical education, sales and marketing, and medical and scientific affairs. PHCG offers its clients a strategic partnership, a strong focus on ensuring value for their marketing spend, and exceptional performance on their assignments. Website:



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