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Kari Watson

Managing Partner

Kari Watson is a Managing Partner at MacDougall Biomedical Communications and joined as the founding employee in 2002. As the head of MBI's media relations practice, Kari's role is to provide senior counsel to MBI's clients regarding media strategy, storytelling, corporate branding and positioning, issues management and crisis communications. Kari is also MBI's go-to person for publication planning and scientific communications. She loves helping to launch new companies and supporting them as they advance their programs and grow their businesses. Prior to joining MBI, Kari provided counsel to biotech clients in the corporate communications practice at Feinstein Kean Healthcare, where she worked for more than four years, rising through the ranks from Coordinator to Director. Kari graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor’s degree in art history and coursework concentrated in pre-medical studies. Kari is a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association and the Public Relations Society of America.
5 things you always wanted to know about Kari:

If I didn't have to work on Tuesday, I would...
play golf at the Taconic, go snowboarding in VT or take my kids on an adventure.

Five songs in heavy rotation:
something From Nothing, Foo Fighters; Tessellate, alt-J; She Knows, J. Cole; Percussion Gun, White Rabbits; One Way Trigger, The Strokes

My first car was a...
teal-green 1992 (?) Volvo 240 Sedan. It was a box and I absolutely loved that car. It was totaled in an accident when my parents were driving on 128, and I’m positive that car’s safety features saved their lives.

What the world needs now is...
more compassion and less hyperbole.

Back in the day, I was...
a metalhead. The first big concert I went to was Judas Priest with Megadeth opening for them at the then Worcester Centrum. Heavy metal is quite therapeutic when you're stuck in traffic on the Mass Pike.
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