Tolpin Leaves JWT for Duncan

LOS ANGELES—Larry Tolpin joined Duncan & Associates in Los Angeles as managing partner and chief creative officer. He was most recently CEO and worldwide creative director at J. Walter Thompson, San Francisco. Duncan also laid off eight of its 60 staffers last week, including creative director Sandy Jones. CEO Hugh Duncan said the $150 million shop will be “leaner and meaner” as it tries to expand its client base beyond American Stores’ retail chains, including Albertsons and Sav-On.

Black Rocket Remains in Timberland Review

BOSTON—Timberland last week cut to four the number of shops competing for its $15-20 million creative account. Black Rocket/Euro RSCG, San Francisco, Carmichael Lynch, Minneapolis, and New York’s Fallon and J. Walter Thompson advanced. The Stratham, N.H.-based outdoor footwear and gear company plans a decision by mid-August.

3 Interactive Shops Advance in Visa Review

SAN FRANCISCO—Modem Media, AKQA and Organic, all San Francisco, have advanced in the review for Visa’s $12-15 million digital account, according to Select Resources International, West Hollywood, Calif. The three will pitch creative and media planning and buying by month’s end. A decision is due in early August.

Australian Tourism Taps Dailey

LOS ANGELES—The Australian Tourism Commission tapped Dailey & Associates, West Hollywood, Calif., for ad chores in the U.S. Dailey edged incumbent D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Los Angeles, Kovel/Fuller, Culver City, Calif.; Rubin Postaer and Associates, Santa Monica, Calif., and L.A. media agencies Initiative Media and Carat. The account is estimated to be worth $5-10 million.

Pinnacle West Cuts to 6

LOS ANGELES—Energy and real estate development company Pinnacle West narrowed the search for a creative agency on its estimated $4 million account from 12 shops to six. Still in the hunt: DDB and D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, both in Los Angeles, GMO Hill/Holliday, San Francisco, Robert Chandler & Partners, Marina del Rey, Calif., and Phoenix shops E.B. Lane and Riester-Robb. The review is being led by Michael Marsak, president of Effective Marketing Strategies in Marina del Rey, Calif. Strategy meetings are in August, with a decision in September.

Lincoln Mercury Signs Up McEnroe

DETROIT—Lincoln Mercury, official sponsor of the U.S. Open tennis tournament for a second straight year, signed John McEnroe as pitchman. Two spots starring the tennis legend broke last week and will air through the summer. They are from Young & Rubicam, Irvine, Calif.

$60 Mil. Boeing Account in Review

LOS ANGELES—Boeing put its estimated $60 million-plus account in play, and wants a global shop with a full-service office in Chicago. Incumbent FCB, Seattle, will help FCB, Chicago, defend, said FCB Seattle president Ian Beavis. Ten or 11 agencies will be invited, said search consultant Bob Wolf of Bob Wolf Partners, Los Angeles, which is leading the review. A decision is due in October.