Ex-Leap Exec Smith to Publicis

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Fred Smith, one of the former Leap Partnership’s founders, will now be chasing new business and acquisitions as chief development officer at Publicis in Mid-America.

“My first line of business will be to introduce Publicis to some of my former clients,” Smith said. Those clients could include Anheuser-Busch, BroadVision and Microsoft, Smith said.

Smith, 48, joined the Chicago agency last week in the newly created position.

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