GCI Health, a leading healthcare communications agency, announced its expansion into Germany with the transition of the healthcare division of Hering Schuppener, Hering Schuppener Healthcare, another WPP company. Effective September 1, 2019, Hering Schuppener Healthcare will become part of GCI Health, increasing GCI Health’s global footprint and allowing the company to tap into Hering Schuppener Healthcare’s expertise, local strength in Germany and presence in continental Europe.
The transition of Hering Schuppener Healthcare, with headquarters in Hamburg and an office in Düsseldorf, will add 30 additional healthcare specialists into the GCI Health fold. This transition expands GCI Health’s presence in Europe, adding two offices in Germany along with the company’s award-winning U.K. operations.
Dr. Horst Müther, co-owner and managing director of Hering Schuppener along with Katharina Tolkmitt, will continue to manage the operation and shape its future development. They will both report to CEO Wendy Lund.
Germany is a significant global pharmaceutical and medical device market, and Hering Schuppener is one of the largest and most renowned healthcare communications agencies in the country, servicing some of the industry’s biggest companies. GCI Health’s Germany office will focus on four primary areas: strategic communication consulting; pharmaceuticals and medical devices, including market access communications; consumer awareness and wellness; and corporate communication for healthcare companies and other organizations.
“The pharmaceutical and medical device industries represent a key sector of the healthcare industry in Germany, which makes now the right time to expand our European capabilities with this renowned team,“ said Wendy Lund, CEO. “Given their reputation and the strong partnership we have enjoyed with Hering Schuppener over the years, we are excited to welcome them to GCI Health. Horst is an exceptional and passionate leader with an incredible record of building teams who are well-known for client service excellence. I’m thrilled to have him and his team heading up our business in Germany.”
GCI Health’s expansion follows a period of significant growth and major award wins in the U.S. and Europe. Earlier this year, the agency extended its presence to Singapore and has already doubled its revenue goals for the year in that region.