BCD M&E’s Plan 365 deal expands life sciences and tech offerings

BCD M&E acquires marketing logistics agency.

Scott Graf
Scott Graf, BCD M & E global president

BCD Meetings & Events (BCD M&E) has acquired Plan 365 Inc., a marketing logistics agency specializing in pharmaceutical and high-tech industries. The deal strengthens BCD M&E’s Life Sciences Center of Excellence capabilities with new service offerings such as compliance and speaker bureau management—all enabled by strategic program management software. The acquisition also provides BCD M&E with a unique go-to-market management model for high-tech customers.

“This acquisition adds nearly 50 dedicated experts to complement our existing team delivering full-service event-to-enterprise solutions out of our Life Sciences Center of Excellence,” said BCD M&E Global President Scott Graf. “Acquisition is instrumental to our strategic growth plan, and Plan 365’s client-centric approach and overall company culture are a perfect fit for us.”

Plan 365 offers implementation services that help clients launch, scale and operate their go-to-market strategies. Services include speaker bureau management, virtual meetings, Web conferencing and other specialized program management offerings through direct and indirect sales channels. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina—where BCD M&E’s Life Sciences Center of Excellence also has headquarters—Plan 365 was founded 10 years ago and led by Carey Barnes, a 20-year veteran of start-up firms. She will continue to lead its services, ensuring consistent delivery to clients and driving growth opportunities.

“We are confident that BCD M&E’s global footprint, suite of complementary services and technology solutions will bring new value to our customers as the ability to deliver and scale globally becomes more and more critical,” Barnes said. “We are delighted to join forces with a global leader in the meetings and events space that is not only customer-focused and solution-oriented, but also committed to the success of its employees.”

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