The World: New York - Colucci takes over Publicis Healthcare Group

Nick Colucci has been appointed as the president and chief executive of Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, one of the largest of its kind in the world, with divisions that include Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare and Medicus.

Colucci, 47, replaces Ed Rady, who will remain with the group as chairman.

Colucci, currently the group's chief operating officer, has been gradually assuming the responsibilities of chief executive for the past three years. He will report to John Farrell, the chief executive of Publicis Groupe's Specialised Agencies & Marketing Services, who said: "Ed and Nick have propelled the group towards tremendous growth."