Krause Takes JWT Post

CHICAGO J. Walter Thompson has named Publicis New York CEO Barry Krause as the new president of the agency following a four-month search.

Krause was expected to sign a contract with JWT last Friday. He was named chairman and CEO of Publicis in New York in September, following the merger of the agency’s Chicago and New York offices.

JWT North America President Bob Jeffrey wanted to bring in someone familiar with the Chicago ad landscape, and Krause fits the bill. For more than 10 years he led Publicis Chicago, which had been a Hal Riney & Partners outpost, and before that he spent 15 years at Leo Burnett.

The office claims $600 million in billings, with almost half of that from Kraft Foods and Miller. Its other clients include Blockbuster, Western Union, Salton and Unilever.