Breen Moves Up At Y&R

Howard Breen, president and CEO of Young & Rubicam in Chicago, has been promoted to director of mergers and acquisition for Y&R North America and chairman of the Chicago shop, agency’s officials announced Thursday.

Kary McIlwain, Y&R Chicago’s executive vice president and managing director, takes over as president and will continue to oversee the Sears Roebuck & Co. account.

An Ontario native who formerly headed Y&R’s Canadian operations, Breen replaced Pat Cafferata when he joined the Chicago office as president in August 1999. The shop’s clients include Jim Beam bourbon and Norwegian Cruise Line.