February 16, 2011 08:00 ET

WCG Announces New Hires, Clients and Integrated Offerings Combine With Organic Growth to Fuel 37% Revenue Increase in 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 16, 2011) - WCG, an independent global communications firm offering integrated creative, interactive and marketing communications services to clients in healthcare, consumer products and technology, today announced a 37 percent increase in revenue in 2010 over 2009 and said the firm is on track for another record year in 2011.

"Our success is being driven by a healthy mix of organic growth from our core healthcare business combined with an expansion of integrated service offerings, great new strategic hires and targeted expansion into new business areas such as consumer products and technology," said Jim Weiss, chairman and CEO. "We did some breakthrough creative work for our clients in 2010 that is building our portfolio and reputation to continue growth on the same scale this year, which marks our 10th year in business, during which we expect revenues to exceed $45 million for the first time in our history."

Key highlights for 2010 include:

  1. Named Midsize and North American Agency of the Year by the Holmes Report
  2. Ranked #6 in PRWeek's Annual Agency Business Rankings of independent firms
  3. Jim Weiss named to The PRWeek Power List
  4. Cited as "Who To Watch in 2010" in PRWeek Editor's Choice
  5. Earned Iron SABRE Certificates of Excellence for People Practices and the WCG Meme Application
  6. Won seven Gold Communicator and two Gold W3 Awards for creative and interactive excellence
  7. Hired about 50 new people taking total number of employees to nearly 200 across six offices
  8. Gained over 25 new clients primarily in new service offerings and business sectors
  9. Hired nearly a dozen senior level staff including:
    1. Gail Cohen, Practice Leader - Creative / Interactive, Global, formerly with Burson-Marsteller
    2. Laurie Torres, Chief People Officer, formerly with Juniper Networks
    3. Trip Hosmer, Group Creative Director, formerly with ChandlerChicco Companies (CCC)
    4. Scott Schindler, Group Creative Director, formerly with Deutsch Inc.
    5. Vicky Lewko, Director, Consumer Practice, formerly with CarryOn Public Relations
  10. Grew interactive/social media practice to more than 40 professionals with nearly 20 new hires, including directors Colin Foster, formerly with Novartis; Greg Matthews, formerly with Humana; Matt Snodgrass, formerly with LippeTaylor; Raghu Polavarapu, formerly with Fox Interactive; and Jonathan Lee, formerly with Eleven, Inc. and Tribal DDB.
  11. Grew London office to nearly a dozen professionals to serve an increasing number of UK, European and global clients, including directors Danielle Whitney and Lauren O'Brien, both formerly with CCC.
  12. Moved or remodeled San Francisco, New York, Austin and London offices to accommodate growth and evolving talent and service mix.

About WCG
Led by Chairman and CEO Jim Weiss, WCG is focused on the corporate and product marketing and communications needs of the world's leading companies and serves clients in offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Austin and London. The company is celebrating its 10th year in business in 2011.

WCG's seasoned professionals specialize in branding, design, digital and traditional marketing, corporate and product PR, media, investor and advocacy relations, clinical trial recruitment and grassroots direct-to-patient communications campaigns. For more information, please visit

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