2005 Agency Business Report: Chandler Chicco

Bob Chandler and Gianfranco Chicco, co-founders

2004 revenue: $25,714,000

2003 revenue: $18,063,728

Up 42%

Number of offices: Three in US - New York, LA, Washington, DC; one office in London.

Staff numbers: 136 in the US, 175 globally. Global staff up 34% year on year.

Staff turnover: Percentage not given; CCA reports five non-senior employees leaving for other agencies in 2004.

Senior hires: Jim Groeneveld, CFO, and Christie Anbar, team leader, both in New York.

New offices: Both the Los Angeles and Washington offices were officially launched in 2004.

What region is growing? CCA continued to see strong growth in the healthcare PR arena both in the US and globally. Specifically, the healthcare market in Asia, from a PR perspective, is evolving very quickly, due to new policy initiatives, public demands for health information and the growing sophistication of media channels.

Acquisitions or mergers: In January 2005, CCA acquired Ignition Strategic Communications, a boutique PR firm in DC that specializes in issues advocacy, media relations, public affairs and message development.

Key account wins: UCB Pharma and Lilly

Did revenues meet expectations? Yes

Outlook: Robert Chandler and Gianfranco Chicco say 2004 was, "the best year we've ever had." "We won every pitch we were in," says Chandler. "We have a healthcare capability that is stronger than any out there." Two years ago, they formed a leadership council within the agency, tapping the strength of its experienced team to help guide its focus, and communicate its brand values. "Being open, flexible and attuned to health - that is what we have been diligently trying to preserve every year," says Chicco.

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