Selkowitz to Retire From Bcom3

CHICAGO — Former D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles chairman and CEO Arthur Selkowitz, who was given a vice chairman’s job at Bcom3 two years ago, will retire at the end of the year.

Selkowitz, 59, left D’Arcy for its parent Bcom3, where he is also chief client officer at Chicago-based Bcom3, in October 2000.

Publicis Groupe’s $3 billion acquisition of Bcom3 is expected to be completed early next week.

Selkowitz joined Benton & Bowles in 1971 and worked there until 1983, when he left to start his own agency. He rejoined the merged D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in 1990 as the shop’s first worldwide account director for Procter & Gamble. In 1995, he was named president of D’Arcy’s Asia Pacific region, and was named president of D’Arcy North America a year later. He was named chairman and CEO of the worldwide agency in 1997.