Finalists for the more than $100 million global account include New York-based agencies Interpublic Group of Cos.' Deutsch, Omnicom Group's DDB Worldwide, and Publicis Groupe's Saatchi & Saatchi, according to executives close to the situation.
Finalists not confirmed
Carole Johnson, the company's newly
Ms. Johnson, a former Gillette marketing executive who worked with Omnicom's BBDO Worldwide, New York, for a decade, said her former agency would not participate in the review because of a conflict with database software client PeopleSoft. Should Oracle's hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft fail, Ms. Johnson said she is unlikely to reconsider BBDO.
"We have already made a commitment to the agencies we're talking to," she said.
No media review
Maynard, Mass.-based Monster.com split with its former agency, Havas' Arnold Worldwide, due to "marketplace changes." The agency's sibling Arnold MPG, Boston, remains Monster's media agency, Ms. Johnson said. Another Havas agency, Euro RSCG MVBMS, New York, said it was not pitching the business.
Monster.com is a unit of Monster Worldwide, formerly known as TMP Worldwide.