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Starcom Set to Name Brennan Successor

CHICAGO—Starcom MediaVest Group is expected to soon announce a replacement to take over many of the duties handled by chief operating officer Bob Brennan, sources said. On Jan. 1, Brennan will shift to Bcom3 sister company Leo Burnett Worldwide as president. An announcement could come as early as this week, sources said.

MarchFirst Says Ad Agency Not on Block

ATLANTA—Executives at both marchFirst and McKinney & Silver denied last week that the Raleigh, N.C., agency is for sale, while also declining to rule out such a move. Ken Kinsella, the vice president who oversees mergers and acquisitions at Chicago-based marchFirst, insisted that McKinney remains a critical if not vital part of the parent’s array of services. McKinney’s 2000 billings are expected to be $350 million.

2 Shops Drop Out of Inflow Review

CHICAGO—Carmichael Lynch and Martin/Williams have dropped out of the review for Inflow’s $12-15 million advertising account, agency officials said. Still in the hunt for the Denver, Co., Web-hosting company’s business are Dallas shops Square One and The Richards Group; and Temerlin McClain, Irving, Tex., and Hunt Adkins in Minneapolis.

Patterson Named Managing Partner at Ogilvy

CHICAGO—Ogilvy & Mather here promoted Sarah Patterson to managing partner, reporting to managing director Linda Garrison and executive creative director Joe Sciarrotta, who co-manage the agency. Patterson becomes one of four managing partners and will continue to head up the agency’s account planning area.

TN Plans to Unite Media Under New Name

LOS ANGELES—True North Communications’ plan to unite its media operations in a new, rebranded media agency includes a new mission and reporting procedure as well as a new name, said Scot Butler, president of TN Media and media director of FCB Worldwide. After the holding company’s media arms, TN Media and FCB Media, are combined early next year, the new entity, tentatively named Pervasive Media, will move from True North Diversified Cos., which houses the company’s autonomous media independent, KSL Media, plus several specialist and multicultural shops, to True North Communications, where it will report to David Bell, TN Communications chairman and CEO.

Burnett’s USPS Debut Touts Holiday Speed

CHICAGO—Leo Burnett positions the U.S. Postal Service as a shopper’s best bet for shipping in its first work for the agency. The holiday-themed campaign highlights the Post Office’s reliability in shipping holiday packages. Both spots continue the “Fly like an eagle,” theme developed by previous agency FCB Worldwide in New York. Burnett breaks its first branding work for the client early next year.

Deadline Nears for Windy Award Entries

CHICAGO—Entries are due this Friday for the Chicago Advertising Federation’s Windy Awards. Forms are available at www.chicagoadfed.com.