Take a look back at the most-read agency stories of 2019 including notable people moves and the biggest agency mergers, acquisitions, launches and rebrandings.

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1. We filmed an unboxing of Klick’s brand playbook

The Adaptive Brand Playbook compiles the collective wisdom of Klick’s 20 years at the nexus of health marketing and technology. The package, which includes high-end video and print components, is designed to make a definitive case for the agency’s offerings. Watch the unveiling here.


2. Havas Health & You launches cannabinoid-focused agency

Havas Health & You has established a firm known as Havas ECS that will focus on the rapidly growing cannabinoid market. Learn more about this new CBD-focused agency here.


3. Mainstream shop Hill Holliday brands its health practice

Consumer agency Hill Holliday has created a new division to raise awareness of its decade-old healthcare practice. Learn more about Hill Holliday Health new branded health entity here.

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4. Daniel Drexler, the M.D. who ran WPP’s J&J shop, leaves to join Klick

The M.D. who formerly led WPP’s dedicated Johnson & Johnson shop The Neighborhood has joined Klick Health as a managing director. Find out more about this move here.

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5. Longtime FCB Health creative Jesse Kates joins Concentric

Jesse Kates, a former creative leader at Neon and Area 23, has joined Concentric Health Experience as EVP and executive creative director. Read more about Kates’ move here.

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6. Klick adds executive creative directors

Klick has added several creative leaders to its ranks, including two executive creative directors for its Klick Health and Katalyst brands. Find out who joined the agency here.

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7. W2O receives new private equity investment from New Mountain Capital

The New York-based private equity firm is replacing W2O’s previous investor Mountaingate Capital. Learn more about this investment.

8. Judge denies McCann, Interpublic motion to dismiss Perrott lawsuit

A U.S. district court judge has denied a motion from Interpublic Group and McCann to dismiss a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former McCann Health chief creative officer Jeremy Perrott. Learn more about this suit here.


9. Fishawack Group acquires rare disease specialist firm Dudnyk

U.K.-based Fishawack Group has acquired Dudnyk, the healthcare communications agency whose focus includes drugs that treat rare diseases. Read more about this acquisition.


10. Publicis Media’s Starcom wins Novartis’ global media review

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has selected incumbent Starcom as its global media planning and buying agency. Learn more about this win.