GCI healthcare loses head to own venture venture

GCI UK has lost its head of healthcare, Catherine Warne, who is starting her own consultancy.

GCI UK has lost its head of healthcare, Catherine Warne, who is

starting her own consultancy.



Red Door Communications launched this week, and will specialise in

healthcare communications. Managing director Warne, 34, is joined by her

GCI colleague Julia Tollis, who takes the role of director. The two have

worked together since 1996, when they were the founding staff of GCI’s

healthcare practice.



Adrian Wheeler, CEO of GCI UK, said: ’Catherine made a formidable

contribution to GCI UK by creating a healthcare practice out of thin

air, developing it to number nine in the UK league.’



Wheeler has not yet appointed a replacement, but has a shortlist of

seven candidates. He said that the new managing director of GCI

Healthcare would also be GCI Europe’s healthcare practice leader, and

would be charged with accelerating the growth of GCI’s international

healthcare business.



International healthcare clients currently include Novartis Aviva and

Janssen-Cilag.



Of their decision to leave and start up a new agency, Tollis said: ’It

was very much time to do something ourselves - the time is right to go

out there and do our own thing.’



The split is described by both sides as entirely amicable. The only

client Warne takes with her to Red Door is the Motor Neurone Disease

Association, for which she has worked for four years.



The agency has also picked up consulting work for pharmaceutical company

Eli Lilly.



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