Episode 2, Season 2

How a Tiny Team Delivers Massive Media & Thought Leadership Results for Digital Health Darling Livongo

John Hallock discusses media & thought leadership and shares his experience leading communications during two of the biggest healthcare technology IPOs in history – athenahealth and Livongo – and now, Livongo’s proposed merger with Teladoc in a $18.5 billion deal.

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Episode Description

What does it take to successfully lead Corporate Communications for a company IPO, and just how big of a team do you need to help do it? John Hallock, SVP, Corporate Communications at digital health darling Livongo, shares his experience leading communications during two of the biggest healthcare technology IPOs in history – athenahealth and Livongo – and now, Livongo’s proposed merger with Teladoc in a $18.5 billion deal.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The role of Corporate Communications in thought leadership, media relations, IPOs and M&A
  • How a small-but-mighty team can move mountains
  • The importance of having C-suite buy-in on PR and media relations
  • The pros and cons of hiring/working with an agency
  • Essential skills for successful communications and agency pros
  • What clients really want from an agency partner
  • The difference a rockstar founder and CEO can make
  • How to squash the competition with relentless PR
"People are having a great time. They're experiencing it… it's exciting. From my perspective, you're trying to keep the trains running and get things done…. But hey, Glen says it best. The IPO is an exciting day. It's a huge brand event. But then you go back to work the next day, and you now have a couple of thousand new bosses."
John Hallock
SVP, Corporate Communications Livongo

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