At Least 6 Shops Vie for $80 Mil. Discover

CHICAGO Officials from Discover Financial Services will meet with agencies next week in a search for a shop to handle creative duties on its $80 million account, according to sources.

Among the shops to be visited: Interpublic Group’s Foote Cone & Belding, WPP Group’s Young & Rubicam and independent Cramer-Krasselt, all Chicago; IPG’s Campbell Mithun in Minneapolis and The Martin Agency in Richmond, Va.; independent RPA in Santa Monica, Calif.; and at least one undisclosed agency, according to sources.

Agencies either declined comment or referred calls to the client.

The Riverwoods, Ill., company split with Omnicom Group’s Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco, last November.

Select Resources International in Santa Monica, Calif., is running the search.

A client representative declined comment; officials from the consultant could not be reached.