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Chris Palmer named Chief Executive Officer of CDM

Written by: | | Dated: Wednesday, June 5th, 2019


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June 5, 2019

New York

Contact:  Nancy Clarke

Chris Palmer

Today it was announced that Chris Palmer has been named  Chief Executive Officer, CDM, the global healthcare advertising network, headquartered in New York. Previously Chris Palmer was President of CDM New York, the largest office and flagship of the network.  Kyle Barich, who previously held the CEO role, is leaving the industry to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity.  Chris Palmer has been with the CDM network for 19 years. 

The CDM NY President role, previously held by Chris Palmer, will be filled by Gregg Geider, previous President of the Princeton Office.   The President role at CDM Princeton will be filled by Craig Romanok, previous Director of Client Services at that office.

“Chris Palmer is an exceptional and forward-looking leader,” said Ed Wise, CEO of Omnicom Health Group, the largest healthcare group that includes 15 agencies, among them CDM.  “With inspiration and sharp insight, Chris is capable of leading people and ideas to new places.  His ferocious appetite for change will continue to evolve CDM at the speed necessary to support its long-held leadership position in these dynamic times.”

Chris Palmer is creating a new global leadership team to join him in the oversight of the network.  These individuals, all stepping into newly created positions, include Lila Shah-Wright, Chief Operations Officer, Denise Henry, Chief Strategy Officer, and Deborah Polkes-Greenwald, Chief Creative Officer.  All three previously held key roles within the CDM US offices.  These individuals, together with the leaders of the individual CDM offices, will be chartered with leading the future of the agency network under the guidance of Chris Palmer. 

“This new structure will allow us to elevate expertise that will make the entire organization more nimble, integrated and open-sourced,” said Chris Palmer.  “Allowing us to deliver the best expertise in the right speed and measure to solve any client problem in the fastest and most efficient way possible.” 


About CDM:

CDM ( is part of Omnicom Health Group and is one of the largest healthcare-dedicated agencies in the world. With more than 600 employees across 9 worldwide offices, CDM has created some of the most recognized brand names in healthcare over course of its 35-year-history.


About Omnicom Health Group: 

Omnicom Health Group ( is a global collective of communications companies with more than 4,500 dedicated healthcare communications specialists. It provides marketing services to the health and life-science industries through a combination of specialized agencies, customized client solutions, and collaborations with other Omnicom network agencies. Organized around four customer groups—healthcare professionals; patients; payers; and medical, evidence, and regulatory stakeholders—Omnicom Health Group serves more than 100 clients in over 55 offices worldwide.


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