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Ruder Finn Healthcare Practice Increases Staff By 40%, Expands Leadership Team

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Jul 23, 2014 - 11:13:22 AM



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Global Healthcare Practice Poised for Third Consecutive Year of Double-Digit Growth

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - NEW YORK, July 23, 2014  -- Ruder Finn, Inc., a leading independent global communications agency, today announced an expansion of the global Healthcare practice, with a 40 percent increase in staff in the first half of 2014, as it advances into a third year of double-digit revenue growth. In addition, the Healthcare practice is reorganizing senior-level leadership to even better match the needs of the growing healthcare client base and team during this period of rapid expansion.

"Current and new clients have been highly responsive to our deep insights into the transformations driving the healthcare sector at US and global levels, as well as our forward-thinking, customized offerings and programs that measurably advance their business," said Susan Goldstein, head, global healthcare, Ruder Finn. "We believe our success is rooted in our rich understanding and connections into key drivers reshaping our industry - drivers such as private-public sector collaborations and outcomes-based medicine. Moreover, we are passionate about keeping our clients ahead of 'what's next' in digital and social media."

Goldstein said, "The expanded, reorganized healthcare leadership team will even better enable Ruder Finn Healthcare to set the highest bar for agency thought-partnership via exceptional senior-level, hands-on involvement." The reorganization includes:

Elyse Margolis - Margolis was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President/Director, New York Healthcare. Margolis will continue to play a key role as client service leader for accounts, as well as assume new responsibilities for New York Healthcare operations. With more than 18 years of agency healthcare experience, she has spearheaded and overseen innovative public-private sector partnerships, as well as first-of-kind digital initiatives.

Trina Chiara - Chiara was named Executive Vice President/Director, Global Healthcare Business Development.  A former reporter for National Public Radio for 10 years, Chiara has more than 25 years' experience in healthcare public relations, with a focus in media strategy, issues management and strategic alliances. She will help drive all aspects of the global Healthcare practice business development, spanning current client oversight as well as identification and deployment of new business offerings.

Rob Schachter - Schachter was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President, Global Healthcare. Schachter has almost 20 years' experience, with a heavy focus in cardiovascular, metabolic and hematology therapeutic areas. Schachter has been at Ruder Finn for the past eight years, where he has led award-winning programs and successfully stewarded long-time global franchise portfolios for multiple global clients.

Glenn Silver - Silver joins Ruder Finn Healthcare as Senior Vice President, Healthcare Media Relations, to lead the healthcare media team and to provide senior counsel and media outreach expertise across the practice's extensive portfolio of pharmaceutical clients. He comes to Ruder Finn with more than 20 years of agency experience in media relations, having led a range of campaigns for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as patient advocacy and medical professional associations.

Christine Hanson - Hanson was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Global Healthcare. Hanson has managed several high-profile accounts within the healthcare practice, including a recent global partnership with world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes on a global meningitis disease awareness project on behalf of Novartis' Bexsero MenB Vaccine. Christine began her communications career in New York City Office of the Mayor during the Giuliani administration, and her prior agency experience includes Manning Selvage and Lee and Danielides Communications, Inc.

ABOUT RUDER FINN, INC.
Ruder Finn, Inc. is one of the world's largest independent communications agencies with dual headquarters in the U.S. and China. Founded in 1948, Ruder Finn serves the global and local communication needs of over 250 corporations, governments and non-profit organizations. The agency is organized around four strategic pillars that reflect its core areas of expertise: Health & Wellness, Corporate & Public Trust, Technology & Innovation, and Consumer Connections. RFI Studios, the agency's full-service digital practice, leads the industry in designing and developing internal collaboration platforms, building conversations and communities around brands, and staying top-of-mind in the world of mobile applications. Ruder Finn's work, talent and culture have received industry-wide recognition, including the 2013 Bulldog Stars of PR's Global Agency of Year Award in the Multinational Practice category and 2013 PR News' Top Places to Work in PR Award. For more information, visit www.ruderfinn.com and whatsnext.ruderfinn.com.

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