April 07, 2011 08:00 ET

WCG Hires Laura Fusco to Lead Creative Practice

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 7, 2011) - WCG, an independent company partnering with clients in the healthcare, consumer products and technology industries to deliver integrated creative and interactive communications strategies and programs, today announced the appointment of Laura Fusco as Leader of its Creative Practice working out of its New York office.

Laura joins from Grey Healthcare Group (GHG), a division of WPP, where she was most recently EVP, Franchise Chemist on the Johnson & Johnson Team Chemistry consolidation -- one of the largest healthcare assignments in the industry. As one of four Franchise Chemists, Fusco was responsible for the strategic, creative and general business oversight of the central nervous system (CNS) portfolio. She worked across all workstreams and platforms, integrating online and offline capabilities and ensuring the appropriate talent and resources were being applied to all aspects of the business from the WPP network of companies. Prior to her role as Franchise Chemist, Fusco held the position of Executive Vice President, Director of Client Services at her WPP operating company, GHG. In addition to running the client services group, Fusco because of her hybrid account/creative background, played an integral role in fully integrating GHG's online and offline capabilities, strengthening the strategic services offering and driving all aspects of the healthcare practice forward.

"I joined WCG to return to an independent entrepreneurial environment where my contributions can stand out and help shape what is coming -- rather than help what has already been shaped -- to continue to succeed," said Fusco. "WCG offers an environment where integration is happening as a part of one team under one P&L. It is a whole different game where you can practice being digitally deft or socially spectacular -- not just understand it and bring people together to do it. I want to get back to doing the creative problem solving, building a content department and company because I believe it is time to redefine what creative is in our industry as a whole and bring all kinds of different people into the mix to do meaningful work that adds real value for clients."

As a member of the agency's Leadership Team, Fusco will work in concert with other leaders to further build and integrate creative throughout WCG as it diversifies to meet its clients' growing needs.

"Laura will strengthen our leadership team with her extensive healthcare and scientific background and proven 20-year track record of launching major products and franchises. Her strategic marketing capabilities comprising a broad range of therapeutic categories and her account management and creative development oversight and operations will be an asset to WCG," said Jim Weiss, Chairman & CEO of WCG. "Creative is an essential element of our Engagement Span model and approach, which is designed to maximize our clients' business opportunities."

Prior to GHG, Fusco held several high-level entrepreneurial account and creative positions within Omnicom/Cline Davis & Mann over the course of an 11-year tenure there. Fusco launched both CDM divisions (Agency Rx and Company X) and, under her guidance, Agency Rx doubled revenues and staff within a year and Company X was CDM's most profitable business for five years running. As Managing Partner for Agency Rx, Fusco directly managed the Gleevec/Glivec business and the development of that groundbreaking brand's worldwide oncology network. She also worked on market development in preparation for the launch of Tasigna and managed the entire CNS portfolio for Novartis, which included two launch products and multiple products in various stages of their respective lifecycles and emerging indications. In the role of Managing Director of Company X, Fusco worked extensively with Shire US over the course of 10 years to build its ADHD franchise and position it as a leader in the category.

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.

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