Michael Federle to publisher of Time Inc.'s Fortune, New York, from associate publisher. The post has been empty since Jolene Sykes was promoted last April to Fortune president. Also, Fortune will raise its North American rate base 4.5% to 810,000 as of Jan. 1.
Ian Baer, 33, to president of the Chicago office of Omnicom Group's Rapp Collins Worldwide, from senior VP-group account director in the New York office. Mr. Baer succeeds Michael Carney, who is considering other opportunities within Omnicom.
The partners forming Left Field, a San Francisco agency for digital brands, have split into two separate, as yet unnamed agencies. Michael McMahon, managing partner-strategy, will head up his own shop, while Fred Schwartz, creative partner, and Kevin Burke, account partner, will form a second shop. Clients of the joint agency, with 110 employees, included Healtheon, Macys.com and WebMD. A former client, Amazon.com, currently is in review. The two shops will share employees and business through the end of the year.
DDB Worldwide's Seattle office acquired Hunt Marketing Group, a direct agency with billings in the $48 million range and clients including financial, dot-com and retail companies.
Copyright October 1999, Crain Communications Inc.