PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - September 18, 2008) - Solara, a CommonHealth business unit created to provide strategic marketing services to improve patient access to pharmaceutical brands competing in managed markets, today announced three promotions and three new hires.

CommonHealth ( is the world's leading healthcare-communications network and a WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY) ( company.


John Knutila has been promoted from group copy supervisor to vice president, group copy supervisor. In his new position, Mr. Knutila's core responsibilities will include drafting managed care communications for his assigned clients and supervising other members of the copy department. Mr. Knutila has been employed with Solara for four years.

Peter Weissberg has advanced from account supervisor to account group supervisor. In his new role, Mr. Weissberg will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of his designated accounts and he will be providing strategic and tactical insights for his team. Mr. Weissberg has been a Solara employee for two years.

Donna DeSopo has been elevated from copywriter to senior copywriter. In her new role, Ms. DeSopo will create strategic copy for print, presentation and online media. Ms. DeSopo has been with Solara for nearly three years and prior to her tenure with the agency, worked at two sister CommonHealth units -- Ferguson and EvoLogue (previously Quantum).

New Hires

Jeff Komaiko comes to Solara as vice president, account group supervisor. In this position, Mr. Komaiko will oversee the daily operations of all client projects while directing and developing account strategies. Before joining Solara, Mr. Komaiko worked as an independent market researcher for ViewPoint Consulting, a managed care market research organization located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

Trudy Chiavelli joins Solara as a traffic manager. Ms. Chiavelli's responsibilities will include overseeing account coordinators as they facilitate routing jobs within the agency from inception to production, and effectively tracking the stage, location, and financial management of each project. Most recently, Ms. Chiavelli was a senior traffic manager for Einson Freeman, Inc., a promotional marketing firm located in Edgewater.

Alicia Szwec comes to Solara as an art director. In this position, Ms. Szwec will be working closely with management, copywriters and clients to strategically implement creative concepts for her assigned brands. Previously, Ms. Szwec was a graphic designer and senior production artist for the Medical Education and Medical Communication Creative Group of Cardinal Health located in Wayne.

CommonHealth comprises Solara, Altum, Carbon, CommonHealth London, CommonHealth Paris, Conectics, Earthborn, EvoLogue, Ferguson, HLS, MBS/Vox, Noesis, ProCom, and Qi. The organization also maintains numerous partnerships both within and outside of the WPP network of companies.

Contact Information: Contact: Beth Paulino or Kerianne McGuire CommonHealth (973) 352-1000