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Karen Hagens

Senior Director

Karen Hagens, a senior director and client advisor based in APCO Worldwide’s Raleigh office, has more than 15 years of healthcare leadership experience.

Prior to joining APCO, Ms. Hagens spent 15 years at GSK, a leading, multinational global pharmaceutical company. She oversaw internal and external communication efforts for U.S. Pharma, setting a unified strategy and working with senior executives to build the company’s profile and drive value across its portfolio. With more than 20 years of experience, including five years as a broadcast journalist, Ms. Hagens has a unique understanding of how to develop dynamic and meaningful communication campaigns regarding complex topics and build best in class teams.

Prior to joining GSK, Ms. Hagens worked as a sales representative for Bayer Healthcare, and was marketing director for, a software application company. Ms. Hagens started her career as a reporter and assignment editor for WGNO, an ABC affiliate in New Orleans, La., where she reported live on air as a reporter and anchor.

Ms. Hagens received her bachelor’s of degree in Communications and Broadcast Journalism from Loyola University, where she graduated cum laude.