Claire Gillis, CEO VMLY&Rx
Claire Gillis is the CEO of VMLY&Rx, the first global agency focused on Rx specialty pharmaceutical companies who are researching and dev eloping breakthrough therapies. She manages over 700 employees across markets in Europe, APAC, and the States.
With a foundation as a pharmacologist and health economist, Claire founded a specialist medical access consultancy called WG Group in 1996. In 2010, WG Group was bought by WPP, enabling Claire to continue her leadership and vision by successfully establishing the WG Group in the US.
In 2016 she was promoted to International CEO of WPP Health Practice, leading WPP’s flagship health brands including Ogilvy Health and Sudler in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, China, Japan, and Australia. In 2020 Claire set up VMLY&Rx housed within VMLY&R, WPP’s fastest-growing brand and customer experience agency 2020 joining the VMLY&R global leadership team.
Medical practitioner, health economist, entrepreneur, and business leader, Claire is passionate about using communications to promote better access to healthcare and is a regular industry commentator across publications including CNBC, Euro News, Adweek, MM&M, and The Drum. Claire was awarded The Women in Marketing Leadership Award in 2019 for contributions to Health and Wellness. She is included in the 2020 HERoes women role model lists supported by Yahoo Finance.