French multinational advertising and public relations company Havas (EPA: HAV) has acquired Gemini Healthcare LLC, a Connecticut-based healthcare marketing, communications and consulting agency focused on the pharmaceutical and biotech markets, whith approximately $5 million in revenue.
“Havas Health is continually building its capabilities worldwide and is a prime contributor to our strong performance as a company,” said Yannick Bolloré, CEO Havas Group, which is controlled by the Bolloré Group, the business empire of his family chaired by his father Vincent Bolloré, whose net worth is estimated by Forbes at $7.3 billion.
“We are very pleased to bring Gemini Healthcare and its team into the Havas Health family – and to welcome Gary as CEO and Michael as CCO of our newly formed Havas Gemini,” said Donna Murphy, CEO of Havas Health. “Gemini is a very strong strategic fit for us; it shares our focus on future-forward thinking and adds to our payer marketing offering within the network, ensuring that we continue to expand our footprint in the health and wellness space.”
Gemini Healthcare is a full-service healthcare marketing, communications, and consulting agency. Gemini is currently led by Gary Ainsworth and Michael Pill. Ainsworth will serve as CEO and Pill will serve as CCO at the new company Havas Gemini – the result of combining Gemini Healthcare with existing Havas group Managed Edge.
“We view the merger with Havas as synergistic and a positive step for both companies,” said Michael Pill. “It’s an exciting prospect to bring together two entrepreneurial and innovative groups – Havas, with its diverse network of talented people, energy and new ideas, and Gemini, with its payer expertise and strong focus on cutting-edge sectors,” said Ainsworth.
Gemini develops innovative, intelligent and integrated solutions to meet its clients’ unique challenges. Exclusively devoted to creating innovative brand campaigns and managed care strategies for its clients, its passion for brand profiling, segment marketing, claims-based analyses, and unwavering payer focus have helped change the way key healthcare stakeholders think and act. The company is headquartered in Westbrook, Connecticut. Its clients include Jazz, Astra Zeneca and Pfizer.
Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Founded in 1835 in Paris, the group now employs 18,000 people in over 100 countries. Havas is organized into two divisions: Havas Creative and Havas Media. Havas Creative incorporates the Havas Worldwide network with 316 offices in 75 countries, and the Arnold micro-network with 15 agencies in 12 countries, as well as several leading agencies including BETC. Havas Media operates in over 100 countries, and incorporates four major international networks: Havas Media, Arena Media, Forward Media and Havas Sports & Entertainment. Havas Health houses Havas Life (formerly Euro RSCG Life), Health4Brands (H4B) and Havas Lynx, three wholly owned health and wellness communication networks, and defines policies and processes for the global group. With more than 60 offices in 50 countries, the Havas Health network has a uniquely unified model offering strategy, promotion, medical education, market access, PR and digital solutions inside each agency asset.