Interpublic Group of Cos., New York, merged Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Boston, with Goldberg Moser O'Neill, San Francisco. The combined agency, with billings of $1.2 billion, will be headed by Jack Connors Jr., currently chairman-CEO of HHCC, who has had his eye on expansion to the West Coast. Fred Goldberg, chairman-CEO of Goldberg Moser O'Neill, becomes chairman of the combined agency. Mr. Goldberg said he will reduce his responsibilities for day to day operations by the end of the year, but will continue beyond that as chairman of the combined shop. The Boston and New York offices will be called Hill, Holliday. The San Francisco operation will be renamed GMO/Hill, Holliday. Brian O'Neill, currently chief creative officer at Goldberg Moser O'Neill, will become vice chairman-chief creative officer for the San Francisco shop. Goldberg Moser O'Neill, once the San Francisco office of Chiat/Day, has billings of $505 million, 275 employees, and clients such as Cisco Systems, Micronpc.com and Coca-Cola Co.'s Citra. Hill Holliday's primary clients include Fleet Bank, Fidelity Investments and John Hancock Financial.
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