LONDON and NEW YORK, September 22, 2016

McCann Health, the most awarded global professional and consumer health communications network and 2016 Cannes Lions ‘Health Network of the Year’ winner today announced that it is creating a new global consultancy called, ‘Consulting at McCann Health.’

Simon Holt, a former VP at Novartis International, who joined McCann Health as Global Chief Business Strategy Officer in March, will also become President of the new unit.

Double Helix will be integrated into Consulting at McCann Health. With offices strategically located in New York, London and Tokyo, it will launch with a strong presence in both established and emerging markets providing clients with a truly global perspective.

John Cahill, McCann Health Global CEO said, “With Consulting at McCann Health, we add significant depth and breadth to our global strategic offering to provide clients with more innovative strategic counsel as they shift their approach from “creating new molecules” to “rewarding outcomes.” This shift will present significant opportunities for pharmaceutical companies to operate more as brands that promote improved wellbeing throughout people’s lives, rather than as companies that market specific products.”

Simon Holt added, “Consulting at McCann Health consolidates our global strategic offering and expands our suite of services for clients. These services now range from business strategy to market research and access, right through to the development of innovative digital solutions to help clients engage the newly empowered consumer in more meaningful and relevant ways.”

Prior to joining McCann Health, Holt has held a number of global Industry posts. He has also held major consulting positions, including VP, EMEA consulting & services at IMS Health; and Principal at A.T.Kearney Management Consulting. Holt’s perspectives have been shaped by leadership experiences addressing a wide variety C-Suite issues in our Industry, from R&D productivity, Strategic Direction, Mergers & Acquisitions, HEOR, Pricing and Health Technology Assessment.

About McCann Health

McCann Health, the winner of the coveted Network of the Year Award at 2016 Cannes Lions Health Festival, is one of the world’s most awarded global healthcare marketing networks. Comprising the world’s most connected community of health and wellness experts, McCann Health specializes in a wide array of professional and consumer practices. McCann Health consists of three strong marketing communications global networks: McCann Torre Lazur, McCann Healthcare (professional) and McCann HumanCare (consumer health & wellness). Specialty units include McCann Echo (professional), McCann Global Health (public health), McCann Pharmacy Initiative, McCann Managed Markets and McCann Complete Medical (market access, medical communications, strategic consultancy & research). McCann Health is part of McCann Worldgroup and The Interpublic Group of Companies.