Sibling media shop OMD will handle the media buying. The shops are based in New York.
Incumbent was Gillespie
Merkley faced off against
"We are going to be working with [Merkley Newman] immediately on a campaign," a spokeswoman at TAP said.
The account generated $37 million in spending in 2001, according to Taylor Nelson Sofres' CMR.
TAP is based in Lake Forest, Ill., and is a joint venture between Abbott Laboratories and Takeda Chemical Industries.