Cohn & Wolfe expands Integrated Health Communication team

TORONTO and MONTREAL, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Cohn & Wolfe is expanding, adding another senior practitioner to its Integrated Health Communication team, to further strengthen its capabilities and capacity. Patrick Keenan, a communication veteran with broad international and specialized healthcare experience, joins as a senior vice president.

Patrick is an experienced communication expert, having worked with many of the world's leading multinational companies in national and international communications. "We are very excited about 2010. As the recovery gathers pace, this is a great time to add to our team's senior capabilities and capacity so that we can provide enhanced service to our clients, as well as more effectively identify opportunities to grow our business," explained Peter Block, managing partner of Cohn & Wolfe / Toronto and national managing partner of Cohn & Wolfe / Canada.

"Healthcare is a highly complex area with diverse stakeholders and numerous critical issues, notably reimbursement and access. Patrick's international experience allows us to offer global insights to a global industry, which combined with our team's exceptional track record at the national and provincial levels, offers a unique and forceful combination."

Prior to joining Cohn & Wolfe, Patrick was managing director of a specialist public relations firm in Singapore. Before that, Patrick was director in the Singapore office of a global public relations firm, where he established the healthcare practice, building the team into an award-winning group of professionals, working in the areas of male and female health, adult and children's nutrition, liver disease, eye disease, oncology, vaccines and anti-virals. In that capacity, Patrick advised many of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, including Abbott, Allergan, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Drager Medical, MSD, Novartis, Pfizer and Wyeth.

He recently completed his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, through the Anderson School of Management, one of the world's most highly ranked business schools. He earned a business degree at Concordia University in Montreal and is bilingual.

About Cohn & Wolfe

Backed by the experiences, insights and support of a global network with offices and affiliates in nearly 40 countries on six continents, for more than 20 years Cohn & Wolfe / Canada has provided expert communication services that help our clients achieve their business goals. We do this by identifying, assessing and managing stakeholders as a means of building support for an organization's objectives and minimizing its business risks.

With offices in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, the Firm is also renowned for its capabilities in the areas of corporate reputation, crisis management, marketing and financial communication.

Cohn & Wolfe / Canada is owned by RES PUBLICA Consulting Group Inc., a Montreal-based holding and management company of leading professional services firms offering strategic public relations counsel to a wide range of businesses.

SOURCE COHN & WOLFE

For further information: For further information: Peter Block, national managing partner Cohn & Wolfe, Canada, managing partner Cohn & Wolfe, Toronto, (416) 924-5700

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