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Albinus Named Chair of APCO's Growing Health Care Practice

New York (February 21, 2013) – Stig Albinus today was named chair of APCO Worldwide's global health care practice, founder and CEO Margery Kraus announced. Robert Schooling previously chaired the practice and remains at APCO as president, Americas.

Albinus has more than 30 years of experience working for many of the world's most influential health care stakeholders in both Europe and the United States, having counseled dozens of leading pharmaceutical companies, animal health, medical device and diagnostics companies, health care organizations and health policy associations. He is a senior director in APCO's New York office.

"Stig has played a central role in strengthening our health care practice, and I'm happy to see such a talented colleague assume this position," said Kraus. "His breadth of experience in health care globally paired with his commitment to his colleagues and clients makes him an ideal person to lead the practice."

At APCO, Albinus works with multiple clients across health care industries, including projects around integrated stakeholder engagement; product pre-market conditioning and launches; issues and reputation management; and thought leadership regarding R&D, science and innovation.

"I am honored to lead our health care practice and build on the momentum of such a strong team," said Albinus. "APCO's health care team boasts amazing, engaged talent and fascinating client work and I am excited about the opportunities ahead."

Albinus held multiple executive roles in his 16-year tenure with Burson-Marsteller's health care practice prior to joining APCO. As head of Burson-Marsteller's European health care practice, he was responsible for health care teams in 14 European markets and grew the practice to be the strongest in Europe, with annual revenue of more than $25 million. He was also a partner and director of integrated client solutions at Porter Novelli in New York and head of public affairs for the Danish Medical Association.

Kirsten Thistle, a communication and ally development specialist on science and health issues who has counseled numerous clients during her more than 20-year career at APCO, and Courtney Piron, a former director in the economic and policy research group, a division of corporate affairs at Pfizer Inc., and leader of APCO's health policy practice will co-lead the Americas health care team.

Albinus leads a highly-skilled team of health care professionals at APCO and on its health advisory board, including:Tresja Bolt, health care practice lead for APCO's Europe region; Leslie Norwalk, former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Kavita Patel, former health policy advisor to the Obama administration; Bill Pierce, former deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS); Ken Thorpe, former deputy assistant secretary at HHS; Mike Tuffin, former executive vice president at America's Health Insurance Plans; Helen Ostrowski, former CEO of Porter Novelli; Rick Wade, former senior executive at the American Hospital Association; Anne Wang, former senior project officer in the Health Human Resources Development Center of China's Ministry of Health; Amy Wendholt, APCO's health care practice lead in Asia Pacific; and Chrystine Zacherau, director of APCO Insight's health care research practice.