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Jesse Kates Returns to FCB Health Network as Neon Co-Managing Director

Press Release - New York, 14 October 2020


New York, October, October 14, 2020 – FCB Health Network President and CEO Dana Maiman announced today that Jesse Kates has returned to Neon as co-managing director in partnership with Mardene Miller.

“Jesse is a phenomenal and strategic creative who embodies FCB’s mantra of ‘Never Finished,’” said Maiman. “His work has elevated what creativity means for our entire industry and I know he will bring that same visionary talent to Neon’s clients.”

“For more than 10 years, Neon has partnered with our clients to bring innovative customer-focused solutions to the world, and I am thrilled that Jesse is rejoining the team as my partner,” added Miller. “I know Jesse’s brilliance and incredible creative talent will help to further our momentum.”

Prior to returning to Neon, Kates served as executive creative director at both Concentric and Grey Group. Previously, he spent seven years at FCB Health Network – first as creative director at AREA 23, then as group creative director at Neon. Kates has served on the Global Awards Grand Jury and appeared on MM&M’s 40 Under 40. His work has been celebrated by Cannes Lions, Clios, D&AD, Global Awards, Med Ad News’ Manny Awards, MM&M Awards and The One Show.

“There is no one in our industry that I admire and respect more than Dana Maiman. When she approached me about coming back to partner with Mardene, it was an opportunity too good to pass up,” Kates said. “Neon is an amazing agency filled with incredible talent, and it’s a core part of the best network in health advertising. I truly believe the sky is the limit for Neon.”

Kates replaces longtime co-managing director Kevin McHale, who, after almost a decade with the agency, left Neon at the end of September. 




About FCB Health Network

FCB Health Network is one of the world’s most awarded communications networks, focused on creating game-changing marketing solutions for consumers, patients and healthcare professionals. With specialized units covering a wide range of wellness practices, FCB Health Network employs more than 2,500 people across an extensive global network, delivering multichannel capabilities that include DTC and HCP communications, professional education, branding, scientific services, strategic planning and media services. Its integrated agency offering includes AREA 23, AREA 23 ON HUDSON, BX – Brand Experience Design Group, FCB Health Amsterdam, FCB Health Brasil, FCB Health Canada, FCB Health Energy Milan, FCB Health Frankfurt, FCB Health Hampshire, FCB Health LL Conseil Paris, FCB Health London, FCB Health Madrid, FCB Health New York, FCB Health Reaktör, FCB Health Zurich, FCBCURE, Mosaic Group, Neon, ProHealth, Solve(d), Studio Rx, Trio and YuzuYello. The FCB Health Network was named “Agency of the Year” by Med Ad News in 2006, 2009, 2015 and 2017, and by Medical Marketing & Media in 2007, 2010, 2015 and 2017. In eight of the past nine years, an FCB Health Network company has received “Most Creative Agency” honors. Cannes Lions, the world’s preeminent annual creative awards festival, named its AREA 23 unit “Healthcare Agency of the Year” in 2017, and named FCB Health Network “Healthcare Network of the Year” in 2018. In 2019, Med Ad News named FCB Health Network “Network of the Year.” The FCB Health Network also received “Network of the Year” honors at the 2019 Clio Health Awards.