Chandler Chicco Lures Weber Duo to Lead European Operations
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Chandler Chicco Lures Weber Duo to Lead European Operations

Healthcare public relations specialist Chandler Chicco Agency has hired Fiona Hall, most recently managing director of Weber Shandwick’s European healthcare practice, as managing director of European operations, a new position, and Neil McGregor-Paterson as managing director of CCA London.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—Healthcare public relations specialist Chandler Chicco Agency has hired Fiona Hall, most recently managing director of Weber Shandwick’s European healthcare practice, as managing director of European operations, a new position, and Neil McGregor-Paterson as managing director of CCA London.

Hall will be responsible for expanding CCA’s European affiliate network, establishing and growing European offices wholly-owned by the agency, and further developing pan-European business.  McGregor-Paterson, formerly European strategic planning director at Weber Shandwick, will report to Hall and be responsible for leading staff and clients in the U.K. market.

Jennie Tallman, former head of Chandler Chicco in the U.K., left last year to start her own firm, and the U.K. leadership role had been held on an interim basis by Gail Cohen, who transferred over from CCA’s New York headquarters. The new appointment signals the firm’s intention to expand its European footprint. Currently, almost 60 percent of CCA’s global business is based out of the U.K. and from other European operations.

“Continuing to establish CCA as the largest independent healthcare network in Europe is a top priority for us, and Fiona’s expertise, experience and presence will help us achieve that objective,” says Bob Chandler, principal and co-founder. “And with nearly 20 years experience in U.K. and international healthcare programs, Neil will add incredible depth, insight and leadership to our London office, the fastest-growing office within the CCA network.”

Prior to her role at Weber Shandwick, Hall was managing director at Shire Health London where she had overall responsibility for new business and day-to-day management of the agency. She also served as national marketing manager at ConvaTec, an international division of Bristol-Myers Squibb.

McGregor-Paterson was head of the healthcare practice at Ogilvy PR prior to working at Weber Shandwick. Previous experience includes positions as managing director at Shire Health New York, board director at Shire Health London, and at both GlaxoWellcome and the Wellcome Foundation. He also served for three years as board director for Terrence Higgins Trust, the U.K.’s largest HIV service provider.

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