SRI to Lead Discover Pitch

LOS ANGELES Discover Financial has confirmed hiring consultancy Select Resources International to oversee the review of creative chores on its ad account.

Catherine Bension, CEO of the Santa Monica, Calif.-based search consultancy, said that she would lead the creative review, and expects a decision by March.

Omnicom Group’s Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco, is the six-year incumbent, but parted ways with the Riverwoods, Ill.-based client last week [Adweek Online, Nov. 10].

Discover and Goodby parted after the shop “decided to pursue another opportunity that posed a conflict to our business,” a client representative said. Goodby will continue to work on the account until a new agency is selected.

The conflicting business was Visa USA, which Monday moved its creative assignment to Omnicom’s TBWA\Chiat\Day in Playa del Rey, Calif.

The client spent more than $80 million advertising last year, according to Nielsen Monitor-Plus, and $40 million through August 2005.

Media duties, handled by Publicis Groupe’s Starcom USA, are not in play.