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Fidato Partners, WRG opening Center City offices

Tom Paine

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Fidato Partners, a Wayne-based consulting and services firm, is opening a new office at 2001 Market Street, Two Commerce Square, in Philadelphia at the beginning of the new year. Fidato, founded in 2010, primarily supports Fortune 500 companies in the areas of risk management, information technology, accounting services, and recruiting.

Fidato's founders include John Rapchinski, President and Chief Executive Officer, who was
previously founder and CEO of RL Corporation, parent company of Peopleflex and AC Lordi Consulting; Gene Kemp, Chief Information Officer and founding Partner, whose prior experience includes serving as Vice President of Information Technology at iPipeline; and Justin DiGaetano, Principal – Risk Management Services and Founding Partner, who came from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Clients have included Exelon, Aqua America, Shire, ViroPharma, GlaxoSmithKline, InterDigital, iPipline and Endo.

Kemp tells me that Fidato's headcount has grown about 30% this year to over 45 employees.


UK-based WRG, an events management agency, has opened a Philadelphia office on South Broad which is expected to become its US headquarters. It has had an office in New York, but is looking to expand its presence here. The six-person office is headed up by Graeme Beavers, vice president, WRG North America. Locating in Philadelphia, the firm hopes to initially build upon strong existing relationships with healthcare firms such as Astra Zeneca and Alcon.

WRG doesn't just manage healthcare events, though. In the UK it has produced events such as the G20 Summit in 2009 and the Papal visit in 2010.

Links 11/25/2013: KoP-based EBay Enterprise absorbs Magento; ColdLight funding

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