Incumbent Cordiant Communications Group's Bates Worldwide, New York, is defending the account against Bcom3 Group's D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, New York; Interpublic Group of Cos. shops Foote, Cone & Belding, New York, and Mullen, Wenham, Mass.; and WPP Group's J. Walter Thompson, Atlanta.
More than a dozen contenders had responded to the two-phase request for proposal.
A decision is expected in October as the current contract with Bates expires at the end of September. Consultant Jones Lundin Beals, Chicago, referred calls to the client. -- Kate MacArthur
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