Ikea put its approximately $50 million account into review after just 10 months with Carmichael Lynch/Minneapolis. The agency, which recently broke strong work for the retailer, will not participate in the review.
In a surprise leap, Leo Burnett Worldwide topped the 2001 Gunn Report - a worldwide tally of creative awards - in the Network category. Last year's winner, BBDO, was pushed to No. 2 and DDB ranked No.3. A quarter of Burnett's wins came from London, the second most-awarded office, and one that didn't even make the top 50 in 1999.
A second round of layoffs hit Fallon/Minneapolis, affecting 60 jobs, or 11 percent of its staff. Reports also surfaced that many responsibilities now handled by the New York office may be absorbed by the Midwest flagship, following $100 million in lost business and a shrinking staff.
Leagas Delaney/San Francisco will launch the $60 million Virgin Mobile cellular service in the U.S. The business was awarded to Lowe Lintas/San Francisco in January, but the shop closed soon after.
Mega-merger fallout hit Interpublic's McCann-Erickson hard when household cleaner Reckitt Benckiser yanked its $300 million account due to a perceived conflict of interest. S.C. Johnson - Reckitt's direct competitor - has $450 million of business with FCB, also owned by Interpublic.