Charles “Robin” Hogen, the director of strategic communications at Yale University, has been named to fill the position of vice president, communications, for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Hogen, whose experience includes having run a large corporate foundation, worked in public affairs and government affairs in the health care sector, and run his own communications consultancy, in addition to his time in academia, was selected after a national search. He will begin at RWJF on May 1.
A graduate of Yale, Hogen has led the university’s efforts to burnish its reputation as a center of excellence in science, engineering, medicine and the arts. He has also served as vice president, public affairs for Purdue Pharma; vice president, external affairs for the scientific equipment manufacturer Fisher Scientific International, Inc.; vice president, communications and public affairs for the biotech company Hybridon, Inc.; executive director, public affairs for Merck & Co, Inc.; and director, corporate contributions & community affairs for United Technologies Corporation.
While at Merck, Hogen also spent three years as president of The Merck Company Foundation, re-energizing the philanthropic efforts of the pharmaceutical company and doubling the foundation’s philanthropic budget. During his tenure, the company was awarded the prestigious Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility.
“We are delighted to have a candidate of Robin’s caliber and experience join us at RWJF to help us continue and grow our strong communications efforts,” said Foundation President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA. “For years we have used strategic communications as a major method of maximizing our impact and achieving real social change in the fields of health and health care. As the world of communications changes rapidly, Robin is the type of leader who can build on our strong tradition and help us become even more effective.”
“The communications team at RWJF has always been in the vanguard of strategic communications,” Hogen said. “I am thrilled to be joining the Foundation at this critical time, when communications will play such an important role in the evolution of our health care system.”
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s third-largest foundation and the largest devoted solely to issues involving the health and health care of all Americans.