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Chandler Chicco Companies Expands Agency Teams With More Than 20 New Hires, Including New DC Lead

NEW YORK, NY – September 9, 2013 – Global health communications agencies Allidura Consumer, Biosector 2 and Chandler Chicco Agency – all part of Chandler Chicco Companies and inVentiv Health, Inc. – have added 20+ staffers to their teams, including a new head of the DC office, in the last 60 days. The hiring spree comes on the heels of new business wins and an uptick in organic growth across all agencies.

Most recently, Heather Gartman joined Chandler Chicco to lead the organization’s DC operations. Heather has more than twenty years of experience in public relations and marketing communications for healthcare clients including patient advocacy groups, medical societies, trade associations, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, and non-profits. She has broad experience in crisis and issues management, advocacy relations, creation and management of public education campaigns, and pharmaceutical brand and corporate public relations.

“DC is playing a central role in healthcare in this country, making strong leadership of our DC office critical,” said Lisa Stockman, founding member and managing director of Chandler Chicco Companies. “Heather has impressive experience working inside the Beltway for more than two decades in both public and private sectors. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board.”

Heather joins from Ruder Finn where she opened and oversaw the DC office, and focused on new business development and strategic oversight for many of the firm’s healthcare brands. Prior to Ruder Finn, Heather served as managing director and head of healthcare for Zeno Group in DC for seven years. Her other agency experience includes Euro RSCG and Earle Palmer Brown. In the public sector, Heather has consulted for many government agencies including the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Energy, Health and Human Services and the State Department.

“Our entrepreneurial culture still attracts the best and the brightest,” said Stockman. “Clients often praise the breadth and depth of talent across our agencies, and appreciate the above-and-beyond efforts their account teams put forth every day on their behalf.”

Other recent key hires across Chandler Chicco agencies include:

In July, Allidura Consumer announced hiring Tracy Naden as co-managing director of the consumer health communications agency. She joined Allidura from W20 Group, where she worked for seven years, most recently in the role of managing director, consumer, at Twist Mktg.

In addition to Tracy, Sharon Bukspan joins the Allidura team from GENYOUth Foundation, where she was a Research Specialist working within the public health space. She graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor of arts in public health studies, and has her master’s in health science and a certificate in risk science and public policy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Priya Namjoshi joins Biosector 2’s New York office from Feinstein Kean Healthcare where she was vice president, managing product lifecycle communications, and advocacy and KOL relations across various therapeutic areas, including anti-infectives, neuropsychiatry, and ophthalmology. Prior to Feinstein Kean, Priya was at Porter Novelli where she worked on media campaigns to generate awareness and combat misconception of ADHD medications. She has a master of science in physical therapy from Bombay University, and a master of arts in public relations from Ball State University.

Biosector 2 New York also adds Kathleen Gallagher who joins from Cohn & Wolfe, where she was an account director on several accounts, including vaccines, consumer health and melanoma. Previously, Kathleen was at Porter Novelli where she worked in therapeutic categories such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression and hemophilia. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University, where she majored in communications.

Andrea Dagger joins Chandler Chicco Agency (CCA) New York from WCG where she was a director overseeing multiple pharmaceutical accounts. She also held positions at Cohn & Wolfe and ToGo Run. Across her career, Andrea has worked for clients such as Pfizer, Colgate Palmolive, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bayer Healthcare, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Eli Lilly and Company, Jenny Craig and The American Red Cross. She has a bachelor of arts in English literature from Drew University.

Shannon Coughlin joins CCA New York from WCG/Twist Mktg, where she was a senior account manager overseeing strategic account direction for various clients, including market development planning for a high-profile pain franchise, consumer launch of an innovative diabetes device, and data publicity for a liver cancer treatment. Shannon also held positions at Porter Novelli and HealthSTAR Public Relations. She studied psychology at Kansas State University.

CCA New York also adds Lisa Benoit from The Ruth Group where she was an account supervisor on medical devices, diagnostics and life sciences accounts spanning therapeutic categories such as spine, cardiology, breast cancer, sleep apnea, regenerative medicine, and stroke. Previous work included positions at Communication Partners & Associates and Aetna. Lisa graduated magna cum laude from Boston College, where she majored in communication, and minored in French and history.

CCA London adds Sabrina Gomersall, formerly a director at WCG, to the team. She brings more than a decade of experience in integrated global and local communications including ethical, digital and mobile health, devices, diagnostics and consumer health. She has worked across a wide variety of therapeutic areas, including cardiology, oncology, rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. Prior to WCG, Sabrina held positions at OgilvyHealth PR and Ruder Finn. She holds an MSc in chemistry from the University of Bristol.

Carly McLean joins CCA West from Weber Shandwick where she was a group manager and spearheaded communications support for product portfolios that spanned consumer, pharmaceutical and biotech accounts. Prior to Weber Shandwick, Carly worked at MSL New York and Atlanta on various consumer and health accounts. She has a bachelor of arts in communications from the University of Kentucky.

CCA West also adds Nicki Polatin from Chempetitive Group where she was a public relations director responsible for strategic corporate and product communications programs. Prior to Chempetitive, Nicki held positions at the German offices of MSL and Weber Shandwick. She has extensive health experience across therapeutic categories, such as endocrinology, pain, oncology, neurology, and cardiology. A native German, Nicki also speaks Polish, French, and Spanish. Nicki has a bachelor of arts in French from Rhodes College, and a master of science in journalism from Northwestern University.

Marian Cutler joins Chandler Chicco’s corporate practice from Brodeur Partners where she provided counsel informed by a strong understanding of how communication best supports and aligns with business strategies to C-suite and senior management clients. Prior to that, she was a Senior Vice President at Makovsky+Company. Her work spanned all facets of corporate communications, done on behalf of health clients such as Introgen, Organ Recovery Systems, UCB, Dignity Health and NovaSure. She has a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Albany.

Julia Clark joins Chandler Chicco’s digital practice from Women About where she worked as Executive Producer. Previously, she worked at Grey Healthcare Group and Greater Than One as Director of Project Management. Julia also held positions at Ogilvy Interactive and R/GA and has managed accounts for clients such as American Express, Bayer, Cisco, DuPont, Genentech, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Nike, Nestlé, and Thomson Reuters. She has a bachelor of fine arts from New York University.

In addition to the hires noted above, Chandler Chicco Companies added eight account team members and welcomed an incoming class of 11 graduate trainees hailing from prestigious universities like Cornell, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, University of Michigan, and Georgetown.

About Chandler Chicco Companies
Chandler Chicco Companies (CCC) is a global health communications group made up of agencies that deliver unmatched perspective and creative know-how. With an integrated approach to communications, CCC agencies offer best-in-class capabilities spanning public relations, digital and social media, medical and scientific education, marketing and branding, graphic design and multimedia, and research and measurement.

CCC is part of inVentiv Health, Inc. with companies based in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, London, Paris, Shanghai and Frankfurt, as well as global healthcare network operations in 40 markets. For more information, visit

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