Interpublic expands communications group

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Interpublic Group of Cos., New York, realigned its marketing services units into an expanded Allied Communications Group headed by Chairman-CEO Larry Weber, who formerly held the same title at Weber Public Relations Worldwide. The expanded group will combine public relations, consulting, research, and event and entertainment marketing units with $1.3 billion in revenue. It will add Weber Public Relations Worldwide, formerly housed under McCann-Erickson Worldwide, and newly acquired research unit NFO Worldwide to its existing units, which include PR shops Shandwick International and Golin Harris International and event shops Jack Morton Co. and Kaleidoscope Sports & Entertainment. Mr. Weber will retain his duties at Weber until a new management team is appointed in a few weeks. He succeeds Barry Linsky, who remains Interpublic' senior VP-planning and business development.

Copyright May 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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