MPG in Talks With Buying Exec

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NEW YORK Havas’ MPG here is in final negotiations to hire David Barrington to run its buying operations, effectively replacing Bill McOwen, who left in the fall for a new post at Publicis Groupe’s Starcom in Los Angeles.

Barrington’s job, however, would be broader than McOwen’s, whose title was director of media investments at the time of his departure from MPG, sources said.

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