Heekin named McCann agency CEO; Dooner remains agency chairman

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James R. Heekin was named McCann-Erickson Worldwide's new president-CEO effective Jan. 1, acquiring those titles from John J. Dooner Jr., who will remain chairman of the multinational agency network and chairman-CEO of its parent, McCann-Erickson WorldGroup, which includes the McCann agency and other business units.

For the past year, Mr. Heekin, 49, has served as exec VP of McCann-Erickson Worldwide and regional director of Europe/Africa/Middle East. From 1993 to 1998, he had been president of McCann's North American operations. Mr. Heekin will become the eighth worldwide CEO of McCann-Erickson. Before joining McCann in 1993, Mr. Heekin was general manager of the New York office of J. Walter Thompson USA.

Mr. Dooner, 50, said the McCann agency needed a CEO focused solely on its business. He added he will remain heavily involved with the agency but noted his own responsibilities had expanded significantly since the McCann-Erickson WorldGroup was established in 1997.

Copyright June 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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