CIPRIANI KREMER TO FOLD; HAL RINEY HAS MORE LAYOFFS

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(July 17, 2001) -- Arnold Worldwide's Cipriani Kremer Design is folding.

The Boston-based Havas Advertising unit has said it would try to find jobs internally for its approximately 15 employees, though they must apply for the positions.

Demand for the unit's services declined as Arnold has integrated design into its brand teams. The unit, which has been part of Arnold since 1991, is expected to close by the beginning of next year.

Arnold did not immediately return a telephone call.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Publicis Groupe's Publicis & Hal Riney has let go of fewer than 10 employees, according to an agency executive. The layoffs were related to the closure of online grocery delivery service Webvan, a Riney client. The agency earlier this year cut about a dozen jobs. -- Hillary Chura and Alice Z. Cuneo

Copyright July 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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