Chicago, Nov. 17, 2015 — GA Communication Group, one of the nation’s leading independent, full-service healthcare communications agencies, has hired veteran marketer Chris Weber as senior vice president, group account director.
With 24 years of healthcare agency experience on both the creative and account sides of the business, Weber will help lead GA through a period of strong business growth, using his deep experience in oncology and neurology to support the launches of multiple new brands and new drug indications, initially for products treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia and epilepsy. He reports to Nancy Finigan, president of GA.
“Chris is a wonderful hybrid whose professional expertise spans many areas of our business,” said Finigan. “His combination of first-rate account management skills and award-winning creative talent make him a strong and welcome addition to our company, especially during our continuing expansion,” she said. GA has grown significantly in the past five years, launching 25 new brands and doubling its staff and revenues during that period.
Weber joins GA from Flashpoint Medica in New York, where he worked for two years as senior vice president, planning director on major U.S. and global accounts in oncology and diabetes. He also served as the strategic lead on the U.S. launch of a respiratory disease product.
Over the preceding 22 years, Weber worked in a succession of increasingly responsible leadership roles at Corbett Accel Healthcare Group (CAHG) in Chicago, starting as a copywriter in 1991 and rising through various creative and account management positions to the role of senior vice president, category leader, in 2012.
During this time, he established himself as a gifted strategist and developed strong credentials in a wide range of disease categories, including ophthalmology, diabetes, HIV, CNS, and cardiology. He also played key leadership roles with two business units of CAHG, serving as senior vice president, group creative director of Surge Worldwide Healthcare Communications in New York from 2005 to 2006, and as senior vice president, managing director of Chicago-based Iris Global Clinical Trial Solutions in 2007.
A copywriter and creative director for nearly 15 years before becoming a senior account leader, Weber has won numerous professional awards for his work, including prestigious Global Awards and Rx Club Gold Awards. He holds a B.A. in English from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.
About GA Communication Group
GA Communication Group is an independent, full-service healthcare communications agency that helps some of the most respected companies in healthcare connect people to better health. Offering a diverse range of traditional business and advertising skills plus leadership in digital, social and mobile marketing, GA works in all areas of healthcare and across a wide variety of disease categories. Founded in 1982, with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles, the agency has built a reputation for excellence and integrity by measuring its own success by the success of its clients. For more information about why GA is a company people want to work with, visit gacommunication.com.