Ron Bess, 53, is leaving FCB Worldwide and Chicago for Young & Rubicam and New York, where he's expected to become chairman-CEO of Y&R's Diversified Communications Group, which encompasses its non-advertising companies. Mr. Bess, president of FCB, has been with that agency since 1996, when FCB acquired Bayer Bess Vanderwarker, Chicago. FCB wouldn't comment, but executives close to the situation said Mr. Bess' position won't be filled. In September, FCB parent True North Communications reorganized and moved much of Bozell Worldwide's operations into FCB. It also named Kelly O'Dea co-president along with Mr. Bess and Harry Reid. Mr. Bess couldn't be reached for comment at deadline.
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