Names Ian Beavis New President

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SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) -- Interpublic Group of Cos.' Foote, Cone & Belding has shuffled the management structure of its San Francisco office.

Ian Beavis, who is currently president of FCB's Seattle office, has been named president of the San Francisco shop.

Geoff Thompson stays
Mr. Beavis, 47, takes over the duties of CEO Geoff Thompson, 58, who also serves as FCB worldwide creative director and will continue to work out of the San Francisco office. Mr. thompson assumed the office's CEO duties in February when Simon Bolton left for a position at WPP Group's J. Walter Thompson's London office.

FCB also made other promotions within the San Francisco office: Dominic Whittles, 42, currently account management director, was elevated to evecutive vice president and managing director in charge of client services. Kathryn Lewis, 48, who was formerly the general manager of the now closed Bozell Silicon Valley office, becomes evecutive vice president of operations.

The new management team replaces a group management structure devised following the departure of Mr. Bolton.

Account losses
The shop, long the largest in the West and one of the ad community's creative pillars, has recently experienced a number of account losses, including that of the AT&T wireless account.

The agency, however, claims billings of $500 million with clients such as Tricon Corp.'s Taco Bell, which it shares with FCB's Southern California agency, Levi Strauss & Co.'s Dockers and Slates brands, Janus Funds and Zima, among others.

Office to move
The agency's 250 employees in early November are slated to move into the former offices of sibling shop Hill Holliday.

"All the ingredients are still here -- impressive creative talent, account services," said Mr. Beavis of the shop. "We can't cut anymore and grow," he added, although decisions on staffing levels for the new budget year are incomplete.

In Seattle, Mr. Beavis headed the Boeing account, currently in review as a result of the client's move to Chicago. FCB and a number of Chicago shops are pitching the business under consultant Bob Wolf Partners/TPG, Los Angeles. Work sessions continued this week after a postponement due to the terrorist attacks in New York last week.

Mr. Beavis previously worked as marketing and communications manager for Lincoln Mercury in Detroit and Los Angeles and for Publicis Groupe's Saatchi & Saatchi in Australia and Los Angeles, where he headed the Toyota account.

Chris Lloyd has been named general manager, effective immediately, of FCB's Seattle office.

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