Breen Leaves Y&R for MacLaren McCann

CHICAGO Howard Breen has joined Interpublic Group’s MacLaren McCann WorldGroup in Toronto as chairman and chief executive, the agency said.

Breen had been chairman and CEO of North American regions at WPP Group’s Young & Rubicam, Chicago.

Breen, 47, joined Y&R four years ago as president and CEO and in September 2001 he was promoted to his current post. He oversaw Y&R operations in San Francisco, Chicago and Canada as well as some functions of its Miami and Detroit offices. Breen is a familar face in the Canadian advertising community. Before joining Y&R in Chicago, he was chairman and CEO of Y&R Canada.

“This has been a hard decision, we love Chicago, but this is also a great opportunity,” Breen said of his departure. Y&R could not be immediately reached for comment.

Breen succeeds Tony Miller, who is stepping down from the Toronto-based agency this fall and will return to his previous duties as vice chairman of McCann-Erickson WorldGroup. Miller will also remain chairman emeritus at MacLaren. He moved to the interim CEO position a year ago, when Dominic Caruso left the agency to head up Cossette Communications’ Toronto office.