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Okla. Agency To Expand Abroad

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Ackerman McQueen is set to open an office in London within 30 days, its second overseas outpost and eighth worldwide.

The Oklahoma City, Okla., shop formed an international division in December 2001 after theme-park company Six Flags consolidated its $80 million global creative account with it (Interpublic Group's Initiative Partners, Los Angeles, handles the client's media buying.)

Taking over as president of the international division is David Lipson, who keeps his title of evp/creative director and managing director of Dallas and San Francisco, which also handle international work. He replaces Tory Syvrud, who resigned to start a marketing-services shop in Dallas called Strategic Partners.

"David has for some time been the individual who I believe will ultimately take my job," CEO Angus McQueen, 58, said. "When Tory decided he'd pursue other interests, it just was a perfect time to put David into that spot."

Lipson, 35, will focus on strengthening the European offices to satisfy existing clients, not to seek new business. "What we believe is, don't plant flowers in the backyard when your kitchen is on fire," he said.

The Brussels office opened seven months ago. With London, it does work for Six Flags and educational-products company LeapFrog Enterprises. The offices are expected to add work this year from Internet-technology firm Juniper Networks, an existing U.S. client.

Ackerman McQueen, which has 190 employees worldwide, claimed $250 million in billings in 2001.