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Concentric Launches New Consumer Division, Names Mike Devlin EVP, Managing Director
Date:2/4/2008

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Deepening its commitment to empowering patients and connecting people and their healthcare providers, Concentric Pharma Advertising, a five-year-old independent agency and one of the fastest growing in the field, has established a new business unit geared to educating consumers. The new division will be headed by industry veteran Mike Devlin, who joins the agency as executive vice president and managing director.

"Clients today are demanding integrated thinking, which requires a deep understanding of the dynamic between providers, patients and payers," said Ken Begasse Jr., partner and chief operating officer at Concentric. "Strengthening our consumer capabilities and aligning them with our professional expertise enables us to better serve our clients and to take a leadership role in the delivery of truly integrated communications."

Noting that Concentric has worked in the consumer arena since its inception (consumer business currently accounts for approximately 25 percent of agency revenue), Begasse emphasized that the creation of the new consumer group represents an expanded commitment to consumer communications. "Formalizing our consumer division under Mike supports our corporate objective to not just play in this arena but to lead it," he said.

Devlin, who brings 20 years of diverse healthcare experience to his new post, is a long-time advocate of integrated consumer communications. "In healthcare, silos don't work. Today's patients are savvy and are yearning for meaningful information -- dialogue -- that empowers them to improve their health and the health of their families. Consumer communications must be more integrated because enabling people to navigate information is the path to better experiences and outcomes."

Devlin, formerly executive creative director and a founding member of CCA Advertising in New York, has worked in a broad range of therapeutic categories and directed successful cam
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