Publicis buys Chinese firm U-Link

PARIS: Publicis Groupe has purchased U-Link Business Solutions, a Chinese agency specializing in healthcare communications.

PARIS: Publicis Groupe has purchased U-Link Business Solutions, a Chinese agency specializing in healthcare communications.

Fifteen-year-old U-Link has approximately 170 staff members in its Shanghai headquarters and Beijing offices. Its clients include Abbott, GenSci Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, and Novartis.

U-Link co-founder and CEO Frank Xu will become MD, reporting to Ash Kuchel, president of Publicis Healthcare Communications Group's Asia-Pacific region. The deal brings Publicis Healthcare Communications' total staff to 220 employees in the region.

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