Last year was the seventh successive year of record growth in both revenue and profits for Harrison & Star (H&S), an Omnicom agency. Growth has averaged 20% per year over the last five years, and chairman and CEO Larry Star says 2007 yielded "impressive" financial results. Much of last year's growth was organic, including new wins from Abbott Laboratories, Bayer HealthCare and Novartis. Headcount stands at 300, up about 75 over 2006. Star says the agency's biggest challenge is retracting, retaining and motivating staff, and he's always looking for creative ways to recruit. In the overall pharmaceutical landscape, Star sees signs that the US might be losing luster as a market for pharmaceutical investment.
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