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Bell to head Y&R ad agency

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Young & Rubicam, New York, unveiled a new top management lineup, installing Thomas Bell, 48, as head of its Y&R Advertising unit, effective immediately. Mr. Bell had been president-CEO of two other Young & Rubicam units, the Diversified Communications Group and the Burson-Marsteller PR agency. At Y&R Advertising, Mr. Bell will be worldwide chairman-CEO, succeeding Ed Vick, who remains chief operating officer of parent Young & Rubicam and chairman-CEO of the Y&R/WCJ Partnership.

In other moves, Mitch Kurz, 46, vice chairman-chief client officer for Young & Rubicam, is leaving at the end of the year, the company said, and will be succeeded by Linda Srere, 43, the president of Y&R Advertising's New York office. Y&R North American Chairman-CEO Peter Stringham, 49, will assume Ms. Srere's responsibilities for running the New York office. Young & Rubicam said Mr. Kurz will "pursue interests in the not-for-profit or entrepreneurial areas."

Burson-Marsteller Chairman Graham Phillips, 59, will add the title of chairman-CEO at Young & Rubicam's Diversified Communications Group, which consists of Burson-Marsteller, Cohn & Wolfe, Sudler & Hennessy and Landor. Chris Komisjarjevsky, 53, Burson's U.S. CEO, moves up to worldwide CEO. Burson-Marsteller Chief Operating Officer Don Cogman adds the president's title. Kurt Krauss remains Burson's worldwide chief financial officer.

Copyright September 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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