BERGER TAKES THE WHEEL: MESSNER VETERE BERGER MCNAMEE SCHMETTERER/EURO RSCG -- AGENCY RATING: 3 STARS

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Messner Vetere started off the year by getting dunked as Dunkin' Donuts reviewed its $45 million account. However, the agency forged ahead in terms of new business and creative output. Messner went on to nab more than $350 million in new business during the course of 1998.

The agency's new clients included J.P. Morgan and Universal Studios theme parks. It also added additional business from its Intel, MCI WorldCom and Volvo clients. The agency was tapped to create substantial 1998 campaigns with Volvo's first-ever global effort and the integrated MCI WorldCom launch. Messner lost the media portion of its estimated $45 million Miramax Films win just months after winning the account.

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Messner brought in the new year with the tapping of Ron Berger as its first ever CEO, and the creation of an expanded executive team consisting of 10 new managing directors. A side note: Agency executives say they have no plans to

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