Before joining Citigate Sard Verbinnen, Wilks served as Managing Director and head of the Chicago office of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide for six years.
Ron Culp joined Citigate Sard Verbinnen in July 2003 when the firm opened its Chicago office.
Debbie Miller, a principal and 10-year veteran of Citigate Sard Verbinnen's New York office, will relocate to the Chicago office.
Matt Benson, a principal and five-year veteran of Citigate Sard
Verbinnen's New York office, will relocate to San Francisco as part of the west coast expansion.
Relocating from Citigate Sard
Verbinnen's New York office are Judy Brennan, a principal, and Kara Findlay, a senior associate.
Further consideration is payable in shares depending on the future financial performance of Sard Verbinnen over the period to February 2005.
In the year to 31 December 1999 Sard Verbinnen generated fee income of $13.
The acquisition of Sard Verbinnen further develops and strengthens Incepta's domestic presence in the USA, and provides the group's 1,200 clients with a seamless and sophisticated global communications service.
George Sard, Sard Verbinnen Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Paul Verbinnen, President, will remain in their current roles in the new Citigate Sard Verbinnen, which will operate as an independent subsidiary of Incepta.
But this is an area in which Sardinia scores the lowest of all the West European regions: only 5 per cent of the Sards say that they trust other people (compared with the West European mean of 35 per cent), and just 3 per cent are members of a social-cultural association (average in Western Europe, 26 per cent).
It is even rumoured that the government was not interested in regional development, but actually tried to 'italianise' the obstinate Sards and their particular culture.
Forewarned by history, the Sards have traditionally had little faith in what comes from outside the country.