NEW YORK, July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruder Finn, Inc., a leading independent global creative and communications agency, has been recognized with 24 coveted marketing and communications award nominations and 14 wins globally in the first half of 2015. These nominations and wins reflect the agency's continued focus on key growth areas for the agency – including innovation in healthcare, rapid expansion in China, business and brand transformations, and talent engagement – and come on the heels of a phenomenal year of growth for the agency, with nearly 17 percent global organic growth in 2014.
Most recently, Ruder Finn was the only US PR agency to be shortlisted and the only PR agency to receive an honor at the Cannes Lions Health Awards. Showcasing its hallmark heritage in creativity and leadership in healthcare innovation, the agency was recognized with a Bronze honor for its work with Novartis Vaccines on Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease awareness campaign with world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes. Anne traveled the world to photograph survivors of meningitis and their families to highlight the impact of the sudden and aggressive disease and the need for access to vaccination. The images were featured on a Tumblr page and in an eBook, as well as through an extensive global social and traditional media campaign.
The Cannes Lions Health Award came just hours after the agency was recognized with the prestigious honor of Greater China PR Consultancy of the Year, as well as two Bronze honors, at the PRWeek Asia Awards, underscoring Ruder Finn's continued emphasis on growth in the important region. In the past 12 months, Ruder Finn has substantially expanded in Greater China, with the acquisition of Kyodo Public Relations' China business and its operations in Beijing and Shanghai this past June, as well as the acquisition of SharpeLankester's Asia-Pacific portfolio in October 2014. Additionally, the agency's sister company, RF Thunder, opened offices in Hong Kong in January and Beijing in April, further growing Ruder Finn's presence in Greater China.
As Ruder Finn remains focused on key growth areas, the agency continues to be recognized with industry accolades for its work in these spaces. At the PRSA-NY Big Apple Awards, the agency's expertise in employee engagement was awarded with an honor for work with Roche on the RETHINK D Excellence Awards in the "Internal Communications: Business" category. Additionally, the agency's business transformation specialty was honored for its partnership with Novartis on its major portfolio changes in the "Investor Relations" category.
These accolades are just a few of the many honors bestowed upon Ruder Finn in the first six months of the year. The agency has also been recognized with an Award of Excellence at the National PRSA Silver Anvil awards; two wins in Ragan PR Daily Awards; three wins at the Marketing PR Awards; and one award at the Marketing Mob-Ex Awards. Ruder Finn was also named a finalist in five categories for The Holmes Report SABRE Americas Awards, including Midsize Agency of the Year.
"This esteemed industry-wide recognition is a true illustration of our strategic partnerships with our clients as well as the creativity and innovative thinking of our talented employees," said Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of Ruder Finn. "We're focusing on key areas that clients are looking for – from business transformation and talent engagement in the corporate space, to healthcare innovations in the health and wellness industry, to brand transformation and experiential marketing for consumer clients, to the internet of things in the technology industry. As we continue to grow our expertise and service our clients in these areas, we're honored to be recognized by our industry for our creative ideas and meaningful work."
ABOUT RUDER FINN, INC.
Ruder Finn, Inc. is one of the world's largest independent communications agencies with dual headquarters in the U.S. and China. Founded in 1948, Ruder Finn serves the global and local communication needs of over 250 corporations, governments and non-profit organizations. The agency is organized around four strategic pillars that reflect its core areas of expertise: Health & Wellness, Corporate Reputation & Transformation, Technology & Innovation, and Consumer Connections. RFI Studios, the agency's full-service digital practice, leads the industry in designing and developing internal collaboration platforms, building conversations and communities around brands, and staying top-of-mind in the world of mobile applications. Ruder Finn's work, talent and culture have received industry-wide recognition, including the 2013 and 2014 Bulldog Stars of PR's Global Agency of Year Award in the Multinational Practice category and 2013 and 2014 PR News' Top Places to Work in PR Award. For more information, visit www.ruderfinn.com and whatsnext.ruderfinn.com.
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