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The Martin Agency closed its San Francisco office, laying off five of its 11 employees. The agency retains offices in its home-base of Richmond, VA and in New York. The six remaining workers from the SF outpost were offered jobs in those locales.

Stephen Harty, president of Omnicom Group's Merkley Newman Harty & Partners, left the New York-based agency after eight years. A successor hasn't been named.

* Rooney Carruthers, Executive Creative Director of FCB/San Francisco, left the agency after 15 months in the role to return to his native England. Carruthers was replaced by Tom O'Keefe, formerly FCB/SF's senior vice president. The agency has lost several high-profile accounts since the beginning of the year, including AT&T Wireless and Ultimate TV.

Timberland chose Fallon/New York as creative partner for the company's $15-20 million global account. Fallon replaces incumbent, The Martin Agency, and beat out Black Rocket/Euro RSCG, San Francisco, Carmichael Lynch, Minneapolis, and New York's J. Walter Thompson.

TBWA_Worldwide acquired New York-based Weiss Stagliano Partners and Dublin-based O'Malley & Hogan and merged the two shops to create Brand Architecture International, a standalone unit with 50 employees in three offices: Dublin, New York and London. Brand Architecture will provide branding advice and creative output and plans to expand globally over the next five years.

The White House drug office will re-bid Ogilvy & Mather's contract following a civil and criminal probe of the agency's accounting practices, which allegedly over-billed the government $850,000 for work on it's $160 million/year anti-drug campaigns. Ogilvy was responsible only for media planning and buying. Creative was handled by the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

The Nasdaq Stock Market tapped the North Carolina-based McKinney & Silver to handle its new branding campaign.

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