PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - August 20, 2009) - HLS, the founding CommonHealth medical-education unit, today announced two promotions and one new hire. CommonHealth ( is the world's leading healthcare-communications network and a WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY) ( company.


Tenured at HLS for more than two years, Christopher Dufty has been elevated to senior program director from his earlier rank as program director. He will direct his teams on multiple accounts and oversee his assigned projects from inception to completion. Mr. Dufty will also train and mentor junior team members.

Karen Auteri has been promoted to program manager from associate program manager. In this role, Ms. Auteri will manage daily activities of her allocated brands while ensuring they are completed in a timely manner and within budget. She joined HLS in 2006.

New Hire

Joining HLS as a medical writer, Huda Abdullah will develop content for abstracts, posters and manuscripts. Immediately before signing on with HLS, Dr. Abdullah was a research associate at New York Medical College, located in Valhalla, NY.

CommonHealth comprises HLS, Altum, Carbon, CommonHealth London, CommonHealth Paris, Conectics, Earthborn, EvoLogue, Ferguson, MBS/Vox, ProCom, Qi, Solara and Valos. The organization also maintains numerous partnerships both within and outside of the WPP network of companies.