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“Bell: No Third Arm for True North
CHICAGO-True North Communications is no longer seeking a third agency network, which chief executive officer David Bell called “a shift of strategic focus” under his command. “We have no plans for a third network,” Bell said in remarks following the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Chicago. “We have brands that are extremely capable.” Former chief executive officer Bruce Mason, who stepped down March 31, was open in his desire for a network to complement True North’s Foote, Cone & Belding and Bozell Worldwide properties. Bell said True North would continue its efforts to build a stronger global network for its existing divisions (including True North Diversified Cos., parent of Irving, Texas-based Temerlin McClain) through acquisitions and mergers, concentrating initially on Europe. There are also plans to “aggressively expand” its promotional services group outside the U.S.
“Figley Retires From Witherspoon
DALLASLongtime Fort Worth, Texas, advertising agency executive Preston Figley will be stepping down this week from his senior post at Witherspoon & Associates. Figley, who was executive vice president, spent 23 years at the agency. He headed Witherspoon’s annual reports unit and was a member of the board of directors at the shop.
“Dallas Director Pulls Up Stakes
DALLASFreelance director Randy Weinert of Dallas has accepted a role as senior producer at Encore Media, a unit of Liberty Media in Englewood, Colo. Weinert produced work for Dallas shops such as Gleason Calise Associates, The Richards Group and DDB Dallas. His wife, former Dallas media veteran Eileen Weinert, earlier this year was named president of Reich Communications in nearby Lakewood, Colo.
“Earthgreen Appoints Saunders-Ream
DALLASEarthgreen Products here has hired Saunders-Ream Marketing Communications Group in Dallas as its agency of record. Saunders-Ream will handle branding, trade and consumer marketing programs for the company’s all-natural fertilization products. Billings were undisclosed.
“News Roundup
Ornelas & Associates next month will relocate from its McKinney Avenue offices to the landmark Oil Well Supply Building in downtown Dallas . . . Charlieuniformtango is adding 2,000 square feet of space to its Dallas post-production facility . . . The Dallas office of Ketchum has recently added three new clients to its roster: Nokia Display Products, PalmCentral.com and Simplified Telesys . . . Showcase Productions in Dallas has completed a series of commercials for The Rug Doctor of Plano, Texas.