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WPP Group's J. Walter Thompson has promoted Gordon Torr to regional creative director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, effective immediately. Torr succeeds Allen Thomas.

Visa has narrowed the list of contenders in its interactive review to three agencies. The finalists are the San Francisco offices of AKQA; Modem Media, which is minority-owned by Interpublic Group of Cos.; and Organic. Incumbent was the now-defunct interactive shop MarchFirst.

Timberland has named four finalists in the review for its advertising account. They are Black Rocket, San Francisco; Carmichael Lynch, Minneapolis; and Fallon and J. Walter Thompson, both New York.

Boeing is looking for a new agency once again. Since leaving longtime shop Cole & Weber in 1999, the airplane manufacturer has changed agencies three times.

dweck!, New York, Michael Dweck's award-winning shop, has closed its doors. Though the client roster has recently been short, Dweck says that he is closing the doors not due to economic pressures but rather to his own wish to pursue more creative projects.

Young & Rubicam has been fired from longtime client Whitehall-Robins. The agency created campaigns for the pharmaceutical company's Dimetapp and Advil brands.

Ogilvy & Mather, New York won the AT&T wireless account, worth approximately $400 million. Incumbent FCB/San Francisco participated in the review, along with TBWA/Chiat/Day/Los Angeles.

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