DDB bested sibling Martin/Williams, Minneapolis; independent Richards Group, Dallas; and two Interpublic Group of Cos. agencies, Campbell-Ewald, Warren, Mich. and the Martin Agency, Richmond, Va., the incumbent.
Alltel did not immediately
Based in Little Rock, Ark., Alltel has about 12 million customers in 26 states and reported $8 billion in revenues. Alltel provides wireless, local telephone, long distance, Internet and high-speed data services to residential and business customers.
Observers considered DDB a front-runner for the business because of its work on Dell and Qwest Communications. DDB won the consolidated $100 million Qwest business in April 2002 but lost it four months later to runner-up Interpublic Group of Cos.' Foote, Cone & Belding.
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Tobi Elkin contributed to this report.