Blamer Opts to Stay at Grey

NEW YORK Steve Blamer has turned down an offer from Foote, Cone & Belding to join the agency as its North American chief executive officer, a post he had been in negotiations to take for several weeks. He will instead remain president of Grey Worldwide’s office in New York.

Blamer, 47, who has been president of Grey Worldwide’s New York office since 2000, had been in negotiations for several weeks about becoming CEO of Interpublic Group’s FCB North America, putting him in line to succeed worldwide CEO Brendan Ryan.

Ryan could not be reached for comment, but FCB representative Bill Haney said, “We think highly of [Blamer], but we couldn’t reach an agreement.” He declined further comment.

Blamer and Grey Global Group CEO Ed Meyer issued this statement late Thursday: “There’s been a lot of talk in the press speculating that Steve Blamer might leave Grey. Forget it! Both of us want you to know that we are fully committed together to building Grey Worldwide. Now, in the grand tradition of Grey, back to work.”