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Pink Slips Handed Out at Needham
CHICAGO–Nancy Rice, a founding partner of the former Fallon McElligott Rice, was among 21 employees laid off by DDB Needham Chicago, where she was a senior vice president and group creative director. Agency chairman Alan Pilkington said the layoffs were part of cost controls based on projected revenues. The cuts represented approximately 3 percent of the 653-member staff.
United Air Lines to Tout New Routes
CHICAGO–United Air Lines is expected to break advertising highlighting new routes, schedules and fares in Washington and Los Angeles, company officials said. Fallon McElligott in Minneapolis handles the Elk Grove, Ill.-based air carrier’s account. The ads will continue the “United is rising” tagline.
DaimlerChrysler Keeping Interim Media Plan
DETROIT–DaimlerChrysler, Stuttgart, Germany, and Auburn Hills, Mich., will maintain the media buying assignments it set up on an interim basis after the two automakers merged in November, sources said. BBDO Worldwide’s 5-year-old PentaCom unit in Troy, Mich., will handle Chrysler’s $1 billion-plus media buying account for North America, along with the Mercedes-Benz brand, worth an additional $125 million. Omnicom’s GFMO shop in Hamburg, Germany, will handle the Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz brands in Germany. Bozell Worldwide, Southfield, Mich., and New York, partnering with CIA Medianetwork, London, will handle all other European markets. Bozell, which currently has roughly a 5 percent stake in CIA, is interested in taking a larger stake, sources said. Currently WPP Group, whose J. Walter Thompson unit is Ford Motor Co.’s lead global agency, owns a 17 percent stake in CIA.
Jordan, Soccer Star Hamm Play for Gatorade
CHICAGO–Soccer star Mia Hamm teams with Michael Jordan in a new Gatorade TV spot from Foote, Cone & Belding here. The ad shows the athletes matched in various sports, including basketball, soccer and fencing, to the tune, “Anything you can do, I can do better.”
IT Company Whittman-Hart Names Finalists
CHICAGO–Finalists for information technology consultancy Whittman-Hart’s low-seven-figure account are Chicago shops Bozell, DDB Needham’s Beyond DDB, JTC, McConnaughy Stein Schmidt Brown, McKinney Advertising and Public Relations, Publicis & Hal Riney and TFA/Leo Burnett; along with Rhea & Kaiser, Naperville, Ill., and Cunningham Communications, Austin, Texas.
List Compiled for Ad Woman of the Year
CHICAGO–Nominees for the Women’s Advertising Club of Chicago’s 1999 Advertising Woman of the Year award are Kathleen Brookbanks of Ogilvy & Mather; Donna Kirchman of Euro RSCG Tatham; Tonise Paul of BBDO; Marlena Peleo-Lazar of Ogilvy & Mather; and Linda Wolf of Leo Burnett. A winner will be chosen in April.