New York, NY – January 31, 2019 – GCI Health today announced the hiring of two senior experts in global public health and corporate communications, building on the company’s offerings in key areas of healthcare communications. After a year of significant growth in 2018, including the expansion of GCI Health’s media, digital and integrated marketing teams, these new hires will support the agency’s continued commitment to making a difference in all aspects of the healthcare industry.
Trey Watkins has joined GCI Health as Senior Vice President, leading the agency’s global health and corporate responsibility (CR) work. In his role, Trey will counsel some of the world’s most influential partners in their efforts to strengthen health systems, increase access to medicines and services, and provide sustainable solutions to global health challenges. Trey brings a strong understanding of the global health governance and policy landscape, with extensive experience in strategic communications, advocacy and multi-stakeholder partnerships across the United Nations (U.N.) system and nongovernmental organization space. He has previously helped lead advocacy efforts with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership at the World Health Organization, and most recently served as an advisor in the Executive Office of the U.N. Secretary-General, focusing on health policy and strategic partnerships.
“Many of our clients are expanding or reframing their CR strategies to make a more meaningful and sustainable impact, and to better align with the global health community’s objectives and priorities,” said Kristin Cahill, GCI Health President, North America. “Trey’s unique background and experience will be instrumental in guiding our relationships and capabilities, and in developing strategic, integrated recommendations that will resonate most with key stakeholders.”
Margaret Shubny has also joined GCI Health as Executive Vice President to grow the agency’s corporate communications offering. GCI Health is increasingly called upon to help clients navigate the complex and rapidly evolving healthcare business environment. Margaret will be responsible for providing strategic insights, counsel and services for corporate communications to advance reputational value and market leadership, with an emphasis on issues related to access, value and pricing. She joins GCI Health from Golin, where she was Executive Director, Healthcare, managing business for clients across the healthcare spectrum in therapeutic area programming, government affairs and policy, corporate reputation, stakeholder engagement and internal communications.
“We are delighted to be celebrating our continuous growth with these latest appointments,” said Wendy Lund, CEO, GCI Health. “We recognize there is an intrinsic link between corporate and product communications, as clients look to us to help shape and define their values and position their leadership in today’s complex healthcare landscape. Bringing in talent from diverse backgrounds is a critical part of providing holistic solutions to meet our clients’ evolving needs.”
About GCI Health
GCI Health is a full-service, integrated communications agency inspired by the ever-changing healthcare landscape. The agency was recently named Global and North American Healthcare Agency of the Year, PRWeek’s 2018 Midsize Agency Best Place to Work and Best of The Best Agencies to Work For. The agency is WPP’s only healthcare dedicated PR and communications agency. GCI Health offers clients an accessible senior-level leadership team, a commitment to beating client expectations and an obsession with anticipating the challenges of an increasingly complex and transforming healthcare communications environment. With a deep focus on multi-channel marketing, including media relations and digital communications, storytelling, consumer and patient engagement and activations, scientific communications, access and pricing, corporate communications, CSR, global health, issues and crisis management, patient advocacy and health education, GCI Health’s ability to deliver results and our passion around the world is unrivaled. For more information, please visit www.gcihealth.com.