Ambre Brown Morley
Director, Product Communications
Novo Nordisk Inc.
When do you know that your work is more a calling than a career? Ambre Brown Morley realized this when she forfeited a full college scholarship in biology to become a journalist. The Alabama native’s decision opened the door to a successful communications career with companies aligned with her academic interest: biology and human health.
Morley launched her journalism career as a crime, politics and general news reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, training with some of the best news writers and editors in the business. One of them acknowledged the value of her research in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book. In 2000, Morley joined Bloomberg News as a general assignment reporter and began to cover the health industry and large medical device companies. She eventually shifted her focus to pharmaceutical companies, including Johnson & Johnson. Her diligence as a reporter led to a job offer from J&J and in 2005 she began to write communications for senior J&J managers.
Morley earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and theater from Tennessee State University. She joined Novo Nordisk Inc., the world’s largest maker of insulin, in 2008, and currently leads a team responsible for public relations and issues management for the company’s diabetes products. She has performed global communications duties for the company in Denmark and has a knack for identifying projects that add value to the brand.
“I convinced my company to partner with a young race car driver with diabetes and create a pharmaceutical-branded racing team. Later, I asked celebrity chef Paula Deen to tell the world about her diabetes and to make some of her recipes healthier,” says Morley, the mother of a 7-year-old son. “She agreed and together we have educated hundreds of thousands of people.” The recipient of several awards, Morley was named “2011 Brand Marketer of the Year” by PR News/PR People.