TEST:Newswire Roundup

Eric Salama has left the board of WPP Group, following his appointment as chairman and CEO of The Kantar Group, the WPP entity that houses the company’s research and consulting companies. Salama, 41, previously was group director of strategy and CEO of WPP.com.

WPP’s Berlin Cameron/Red Cell has withdrawn from the $5-10 million Timex review. The six remaining semifinalists are Modernista! in Boston, Mullen in Wenham, Mass., and the New York offices of IPG’s Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners and Margeotes|Fertitta + Partners. Pile + Co. in Boston is overseeing the process.

BCom3’s LB Works in Chicago won a review for Lexmark’s $10-15 million account, sources said, besting Fallon in New York and McKinney & Silver in Raleigh, N.C. Ocean Group in New York was the incumbent.

Home & Garden Television has narrowed its review for its $10-12 million account to seven agencies, the client said. The shops are IPG’s Fitzgerald + Co. in Atlanta; MARC USA and Cramer-Krasselt in Chicago; Doner in Southfield, Mich.; and DeVito/Verdi, Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners and IPG’s Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, all in New York, according to HGTV vice president of marketing Michael Boyd. Incumbent Lewis Communications, Birmingham, Ala., is not defending. AAR Group of New York is overseeing the process.