GCI Health Opens London Office to Support Growing Demand for Global and European Footprint


LONDON, UK, 15 October 2013 – GCI Health, a leading specialty healthcare communications agency, today announced the formal opening of its London office.

The expansion, in response to the agency’s growing global and European client base is being led by Rikki Jones, who transfers from her role as Director at fellow WPP agency Cohn & Wolfe, and Associate Director Louise Veale, who also moves from within the WPP network.

“As the global specialty healthcare PR agency within the WPP powerhouse, our official entry into Europe puts us in the unique position of having truly global and local expertise on both sides of the Atlantic with a ready-made global network,” said Wendy Lund, Chief Executive Officer.
“We had been successfully servicing global business but as the international healthcare market continues to evolve the time was right to find European based leaders with the passion and experience to take our business expansion to the next level.”

GCI Health London opened its doors earlier this year and has quickly secured diverse global, European and UK briefs. The official launch introduces GCI Health as a trusted partner to six client companies at the global, European and UK levels in the areas of oncology, virology, auto-immune disease, diabetes and respiratory.

“GCI Health London has thrived very quickly, testimony to the opportunity that exists for a fresh approach and our team’s commitment to deliver against it,” said Rikki Jones, who leads the GCI Health London team.

“We’re approaching our mission of redefining healthcare communications with a focus on our people, as the backdrop to creative and impeccably delivered programming.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the market’s response to date and are looking forward to continued London based success, in partnership with the rest of GCI Health’s global management team.”

The London business will focus on further building its client base across four primary service areas: life sciences, consumer health, market access communications and strategic consulting.

GCI Health is one of just five agencies to be shortlisted for the Best Healthcare Agency in the World honour, as part of the Holmes Report’s annual Global Agency of the Year awards. The winner will be announced at the Global SABRE Awards dinner, which takes place on November 13 in Miami as part of the Global Public Relations Summit.

About GCI Health
GCI Health is a forward-thinking healthcare public relations agency powered by best-in-the-business professionals and the only WPP company that specialises in healthcare public relations. With more than 140 professionals across the US, Canada and Europe, our client roster spans broadly across many sectors in healthcare, including pharmaceutical, biotech, medical technology, consumer health, provider (hospitals and managed care), telehealth, beauty and aesthetics and non-profit. GCI Health offers clients an accessible senior level leadership team, A-to-Z healthcare experience, a commitment to beating client expectations, and an obsession with anticipating the challenges of an increasingly complex and transforming healthcare communications environment. With insider’s knowledge of health media, high science, digital health strategy, consumer activation, crisis management, reputation building, patient advocacy and health education, GCI Health’s focus on delivering results is unrelenting.