Ms. Sawyer confirmed that a shortlist of replacements for each position does exist, although she doesn't expect to fill the seats until the new year.
A stronger 2006
After 2005 was generally acknowledged to be a horrible year for Interpublic Group of Cos. agency, 2006 has been a boom, with new-business wins from Ikea and DirectTV and agency-of-record status for General Motors' corporate account, which is valued at roughly $550 million. Perhaps the only black mark against the comeback was the recent loss of Expedia, which awarded its $170 million account to independent Doner, Southfield, Mich., in September.
Deutsch, New York, President Val DiFebo sees the open positions as the chance to reinvigorate and reenergize the agency. "We are looking to build off of a strong base," she said. "We want to get new folks in and go to the next level."
Ms. Sawyer added that this is the perfect opportunity to "bring a fresh perspective to our integrated model."