Cohn & Wolfe Appoints Mike Kan as Global Healthcare Practice Leader

By Cohn Wolfe, PRNE
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Introduces Dedicated Healthcare Public Affairs Offering

NEW YORK and LONDON, February 4 - Cohn & Wolfe, a leading global communications agency, today announced the
appointment of Mike Kan as Global Healthcare Practice Leader. In the role,
Mike will oversee the strategic development of Cohn & Wolfe's global
healthcare offering, one of the largest in the industry with more than 300
healthcare communications professionals around the world. His
responsibilities include cultivating client relationships, providing senior
counsel, new business development, generating thought leadership, and
developing senior talent. Mike will start March 1, and be based in London. He
will report directly to Donna Imperato, CEO of Cohn & Wolfe.

Mike joins Cohn & Wolfe from Edelman where he was head of healthcare for
the EMEA region responsible for network integration, business development and
client satisfaction. He assumes the role from Linda Dyson who will lead Cohn
& Wolfe's healthcare public affairs offering, one of the agency's major
business imperatives for 2010 and beyond. Linda joined Cohn & Wolfe in August
from Roche where she was Director of Public Affairs.

"The healthcare industry is undergoing incredible change because of
digital media, efforts at reform, and increasing demand for services. As a
result, healthcare companies increasingly require an agency with seamless
global capabilities and expertise across the entire communications spectrum,"
said Donna Imperato. "Mike's great experience with regional and global
programming, and Linda's focus on public affairs, will ensure that Cohn &
Wolfe continues to steer healthcare companies through this challenging

Said Kan, "Cohn & Wolfe's Healthcare Practice has consistently been one
of the most innovative, and has done a tremendous job in recent years of
guiding many of the world's leading healthcare companies through their first
and ongoing ventures in the digital world. With the expertise and resources
in our network, we have an incredible opportunity to help transform the way
the healthcare industry communicates with its stakeholders and customers."

Mike has more than 18 years of healthcare communications experience.
Before becoming head of EMEA Healthcare for Edelman, he was UK Managing
Director leading the agency's Rx Health, BioScience (medical education and
science communications), and Consumer Health business units. Prior to
Edelman, he was the UK Practice Head and Managing Director, Health &
Pharmaceuticals, for Hill & Knowlton. He has also worked at Burson-Marsteller
and Shire Health.

Said Linda Dyson of Cohn & Wolfe's healthcare public affairs capability,
"Increasingly, healthcare companies and government agencies are recognizing
the value of the integrated communications model and seeking support from
full-service communications partners who can more closely align the public
affairs function with organizational goals. This will be a priority in 2010
as will strengthening the overall public affairs offering."

About Cohn & Wolfe and Cohn & Wolfe Healthcare

Cohn & Wolfe is a strategic public relations agency dedicated to
creating, building and protecting the world's most prolific brands. With
offices around the world, the agency is committed to breaking new ground in
the delivery of cross-channel media strategies, creative programming, and
practice area excellence.

Cohn & Wolfe's Healthcare Practice is one of the largest, full-service
public relations consultancies in the world serving pharmaceutical,
biotechnology, medical device and diagnostic companies as well as patient
advocacy groups. With more than 300 healthcare professionals, the practice is
renowned for its expertise across the entire healthcare communications

Cohn & Wolfe is recognized year after year by clients and the industry
for excellence in creativity, client service, digital communications, media
strategy, senior management and strategic counsel. Cohn & Wolfe also
consistently ranks among the top "Best Agencies to Work For" in an annual,
industry-wide employee survey. For more information, visit: Cohn & Wolfe is part of WPP (Nasdaq: WPPGY), one of
the world's largest communications services group.

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