Ruder Finn Appoints Nick Leonard New MD for London Office

Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:44am EST

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Appointment reflects new focus on agency's areas of key strategic growth and
complements strong healthcare team

    NEW YORK, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruder Finn has appointed Nick Leonard as
UK managing director to lead the agency into its new phase of growth and drive
business within the London office.   Last year, Ruder Finn announced a new
priority for the agency, focused around four strategic core strengths: Health
& Wellness, Corporate & Public Trust, Global Connectivity and Life+Style.
    Nick brings a wealth of experience from his eleven years in corporate,
technology and consumer PR, and is ideally positioned to lead the London
office to expand across the agency's full suite of core capabilities.  Prior
to joining Ruder Finn, he held the position of Managing Director of Octane --
a LEWIS group company spanning five countries, working with companies such as
BT Retail and Google.  Prior to this, he held key agency roles including VP
Strategy for Europe and Head of Creative Services within the LEWIS Group,
consulting with major clients on messaging, strategy and new media.  He has
broad experience in the interactive environment and in designing powerful
on-line campaigns.
    This appointment will complement Ruder Finn's strong and established
healthcare practice in London, and enable the agency to aggressively expand
corporate, technology and lifestyle business in line with the firm's global
strategic focus on four operational pillars (Health & Wellness, Corporate &
Public Trust, Global Connectivity and Life+Style).
    The agency's healthcare practice, under group head Claire Martin, has
recently been further strengthened with several new hires, including Philippa
Wallace, former head of healthcare for Ogilvy UK, Jamie Brown, Associate
Director, who joined from Pfizer, Katy Compton-Bishop who joined from Euro
RSG, Caroline Cerny, from Red Door, and Anthonia Aboyeji, who joined from
    The office has as recently picked up some significant new business wins,
including Wyeth Enbrel and Relistor in the healthcare practice, Life Line
Screening, in the public affairs practice, headed by Hugh McKinney, and
Nextwave, in the technology practice, led by Becky McMichael.
    Ruder Finn's roster of blue chip clients globally includes Sun
Microsystems, Audi, BP, DHL, Emirates, Michelin, McKinsey, NEC, Novartis,
Sony, Visa and Pfizer.
    Commenting on the appointment, Kathy Bloomgarden, Ruder Finn's CEO said:
"We were impressed by Nick's passion and energy for the business, his command
of new media and breadth of experience in our key strategic areas.  We are
confident that under his leadership Ruder Finn London will stand out even more
for differentiated, innovative ideas and strategic thinking."
    Commenting on why he decided to join Ruder Finn, Nick said: "The chance to
move to Ruder Finn was one I couldn't turn down due to the quality of the
people, the potential within the organisation, and the opportunity to
contribute to great client programs.  The agency has huge international
success in its core areas, a visionary approach, and great people at both
Group level and heading its UK practices. I'm excited about the opportunity
and the platform to grow the organisation and help clients tap into fresh and
creative ways to build corporate trust and reputation and promote their
    About Ruder Finn, Inc.
    Ruder Finn is a leading independent communications, counselling and
services Agency with almost 60 years experience. The Ruder Finn Group
maintains offices in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco,
Washington D.C., London, Paris, and Jerusalem.  Asia Pacific offices include
Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. The Agency also
works with leading independent affiliates in major markets throughout the
U.S., Europe and Latin America.  Ruder Finn had been named the #1 Ranking
Large Agency for Overall Performance and Client Support by leading PR trade
newsletter The Holmes Report and serves the global and local communications
needs of more than 250 corporations and non-profit organizations.  For
additional information, visit
    Kathy Bloomgarden
    Ruder Finn, Inc.

SOURCE  Ruder Finn, Inc.

Kathy Bloomgarden, Co-CEO, Ruder Finn, Inc., +1-212-593-6497,
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