Uva Joins OMD as Global CEO
LOS ANGELES—Omnicom named Joe Uva, 46, president and worldwide CEO of its global media network, OMD. Uva arrives from AOL Time Warner, where he was president of Turner Entertainment Group Sales and Marketing. He replaces Daryl Simm, Omnicom Media Group president and CEO. The OMD global CEO post had been vacant since Simm was elevated to run OMG last year.
Grey Wins $50 Mil. in Global M&M/Mars Duties
NEW YORK—Grey landed an estimated $50 million in creative duties in Europe and the U.S. for M&M/Mars’ Mars bar and Milky Way brands. The candy bar is known as Milky Way in the U.S. and as Mars abroad. The pitch included Mars roster shop BBDO and incumbent D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, which will continue handling Mars in other markets.
Holding Companies Report 3Q Earnings
CHICAGO—Bcom3 Group posted a 5 percent revenue increase to $457 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with $434 million for the same period last year. For the first nine months of 2001, Bcom3 posted revenue up nearly 8 percent, to $1.4 billion, from $1.3 billion for the first nine months of 2000. The company reported net income of about $5 million for the quarter and about $12 million for the first nine months of the year. Publicis Groupe reported revenue of nearly $2 billion for the first nine months of 2001, an increase of 59 percent from the same period in 2000. Grey Global Group reported revenue of $295 million for the third quarter, down 2 percent from $301 million during the same period last year. For the first nine months of 2001, revenue was up 2 percent to $915 million, from $896 million during the corresponding period last year. Net income was just $1.5 million for the third quarter and $4 million for the first nine months of 2001, compared with $5 million and $16 million for the same periods last year, respectively. This amounts to a 70 percent drop in net income in this year’s third quarter, compared with third quarter 2000, and a 75 percent drop in net income for the first nine months of the year, compared with the same period last year. Havas reported revenue of approximately $1.4 billion for the first nine months of 2001, up 3 percent over the same period a year ago. Havas endured a poor third quarter, posting revenue of $400 million, a 4 percent drop from third-quarter 2000.
FCB Europe Gains $65 Mil. in Weetabix, Iberia Work
NEW YORK—Foote, Cone & Belding Europe has landed two new accounts, the agency said. Weetabix Ltd. has consolidated its brands, worth a total of $30 million, at BHO FCB in London, following a review that included other roster shops AMV-BBDO and Lowe Lintas & Partners, both in London. In Spain, FCB/Tapsa won global creative duties on Spain’s national airline, Iberia, worth an estimated $35 million. The shop bested Publicis, incumbent Tiempo BBDO Madrid, Young & Rubicam, Vitruvio Leo Burnett and McCann-Erickson.
Kinko’s $30 Mil. Review Down to 4
LOS ANGELES—Kinko’s has named four finalists for its $30 million creative and media account: Texas shops GSD&M in Austin, The Richards Group in Dallas and Temerlin McClain in Irving, as well as J. Walter Thompson in Chicago. Kinko’s is relocating from Ventura, Calif., to Dallas. D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in St. Louis did not advance. The incumbent, TBWA\Chiat\Day in Playa del Rey, Calif., left the review. Final presentations will be in late December, with a decision by year’s end.
Arnold’s Gaffney to Head Media Unit
BOSTON—Effective in January, Havas-owned Arnold’s 175-person media department will be renamed Arnold MPG. Agency managing partner John Gaffney will serve as president and report to Antoni Rossich, CEO of Havas’ Media Planning’s domestic operations.
GlaxoSmithKline has split with Ogilvy & Mather in the U.S. and reassigned some brands among its roster shops. Citrucel high-fiber powder has moved from Ogilvy in New York to Arnold in Boston. Alluna, which Ogilvy also handled, has not been reassigned. Phazyme has moved from Grey to Publicis in Dallas. Balmex is now at The Masterson Group/Creative Advertising Solutions in New York, shifting from Grey. Grey will handle global creative duties on Sensodyne and Super Poligrip. Publicis in Dallas had handled Super Poligrip. … Amtrak parted ways with Ogilvy & Mather just months after awarding the estimated $35 million account to the New York shop, the client confirmed. Sources said Amtrak is working with E. James White in Herndon, Va.—a roster shop before the account moved to Ogilvy—and New York agencies The Chisholm-Mingo Group and Source Communications. … TBWA\Chiat\Day in New York is among the agencies contending for the estimated $25-30 million 7-Eleven account, sources said. The others include GSD&M in Austin, Texas; The Richards Group in Dallas; and New York shops Deutsch and Wieden + Kennedy. … WPP acquired Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates in Washington, a research and polling consultancy. … Mott’s last week narrowed its agency search to four for its $10-15 million business: North Castle Partners in Stamford, Conn.; The Martin Agency in Richmond, Va.; Wolf Group in New York; and incumbent Moss/Dragoti in New York. … Burger King has tapped McCaffery Ratner Gottlieb & Lane in New York for several product assignments and to create music and radio spots for national and local promotions. … Zenith Media in New York was awarded the $20-30 million Boston Beer media planning and buying account, according to sources, besting Initiative Media in New York. Consultancy Pile and Co. in Boston handled the search.
Uva Joins OMD as Global CEO