Industry Veteran Joins IPG in Newly Created Role
New York, NY - February 26, 2013 - Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) today announced that Martin Skelton has joined the company as Managing Director, Global Healthcare. In this role, Skelton will be responsible for driving growth for IPG`s multi-agency healthcare clients. He is also tasked with ensuring that IPG`s offering stays ahead of the rapidly changing face of healthcare communications, is globally integrated, and remains in-sync with the demands clients are facing today.
Dr. Skelton joins the company immediately and reports to Executive Vice President Philippe Krakowsky, Chief Strategy and Talent Officer. This is a newly created position at the holding company, and will be based at IPG headquarters in New York City. Major IPG healthcare agency networks include Draftfcb Healthcare, ICC Lowe, and McCann Health, as well as many specialized agencies.
Skelton was most recently President, Medical Education at Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide. He had been with Ogilvy since 2004, first as head of several medical communication and medical education offerings in the U.S., and expanding to a global role in 2009. Prior to that, Dr. Skelton spent a decade at Grey Healthcare Group in a variety of roles. Dr. Skelton, who is originally from the UK, holds a PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Wales, UK and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University before joining the agency world.
"Martin is a proven leader with a strategic vision for the future of healthcare marketing. He`s worked with some of the world`s largest healthcare communication agencies and pharmaceutical brands, and has helped them grow and innovate. This new role underlines IPG`s commitment to offer industry-leading holding company-level organization and delivery of services to our healthcare clients," commented Philippe Krakowsky. "Martin`s background, including digital innovation and global service model development, mirrors changes we are seeing in healthcare communications and therefore the evolving needs of our clients. Working with the leaders of our major healthcare networks, Martin will help us elevate the caliber of our global multi-agency service solutions," Krakowsky added.
Skelton will also be part of the newly-established IPG Healthcare Management Council, which includes Krakowsky; John Cahill, CEO, McCann Health; Dana Maiman, CEO, Draftfcb Healthcare; Steve Viviano, CEO, ICC Lowe; and Helene Yan, VP, Business Strategy, Interpublic. The Council will oversee IPG`s holding company partnerships with healthcare clients, coordinate multi-network strategic initiatives, and ensure singular connectivity across IPG`s major healthcare networks.
Skelton stated, "I look forward to helping IPG and its healthcare-focused agencies strengthen their already robust global footprint, bring to life client opportunities, and position IPG as the leading holding company for clients seeking a single go-to market solution across brands and geographies."
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