Omnicom Blocks Merkley Exits

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Three partners at Merkley Newman Harty & Partners nearly left last week for senior roles at Grey, but Merkley parent Omnicom Group refused to release them from their contracts, said sources.

Andy Hirsch, an executive creative director at Merkley, would have become president of Grey’s New York office, reporting to current president Steve Blamer, who was to become CEO, said sources.

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