[chicago] Amoco Oil Co. moved its $30 million petroleum-products account to Leo Burnett USA after dismissing Campbell-Ewald, Warren, Mich., last week, citing creative differences. Campbell-Ewald held the Amoco account for less than a year. Separately, Shell Oil Co., Houston, awarded its corporate-image account to Ogilvy & Mather.
[new york] Leo Burnett USA, Chicago, is the second major agency to sign up for the Niel-sen Monitor-Plus Advertising Intelligence Service. The service will compete head-to-head with Competitive Media Reporting. Sears, Roebuck & Co. has also made a deal for the service.
[milpitas, calif.] Fujitsu PC Corp. has chosen incumbent Lai, Venuti & Lai, Santa Clara, Calif., to handle the launch next month of a notebook computer line. Fujitsu opted to push back for two more months its formal review on the estimated $20 million account.
[new york] Tommy Hilfiger is set to launch its new line of women's casual clothing this fall and is planning a $25 million campaign in support. Agency of record Toth Design & Advertising, Concord, Mass., is working on print and TV ads for sportswear and Hilfiger's new women's fragrance from Estee Lauder.
[new york] Colgate-Palmolive Co. is introducing Speed Stick gel antiperspirant and deodorant, with more than $20 million estimated behind the entire Speed Stick franchise this year. Young & Rubicam handles.
[new york] The New York Stock Exchange has awarded its $5 million to $10 million ad account to Leo Burnett USA, Chicago. Incumbent Wells Rich Greene BDDP and DDB Needham Worldwide, both New York, had competed for the business.
[new york] Omnicom Group is more likely to start an independent media buying unit than buy one and is leaning towards a plan to staff the unit with media personnel from Ketchum Advertising, insiders said (AA, Feb. 26). Arnold Semsky, exec VP-director of media and program services at Omnicom shop BBDO Worldwide, will likely be given the first shot at running the new unit.
[new york] The Big 3 networks yanked a Whitehall-Robins Advil spot from Young & Rubicam highlighting an alcohol warning on Tylenol labels. NBC said its decision is "temporary." Meanwhile, Saatchi & Saatchi's Healthcare Connection breaks network TV spots this week that say Johnson & Johnson's Tylenol voluntarily complied with an FDA advisory committee recommendation that all OTC pain relievers carry a warning.
[new york] Phil Balshi, Betty Fitterman and Richard "Monty" Mathews, longtime veterans of the old Lintas Worldwide, along with Gary Johnston, are leaving Ammirati Puris Lintas. The exits leave only a few ex-Lintas staffers in Ammirati's creative department.
[detroit] General Motors Corp. and its German subsidiary Adam Opel filed suit in U.S. District Court here over alleged corporate espionage involving former GM purchasing chief J. Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua, who left to join Volkswagen three years ago. The suit names Volkswagen and its U.S. subsidiary, along with Mr. Lopez, VW management board Chairman Ferdinand Piech and 10 others, claiming they conspired to steal GM trade secrets.
[minneapolis] 3M named four finalists for its $15 million imaging and data-storage ad account. 3M's lead agency, Grey Advertising, New York, will compete against Bozell Worldwide, New York; Ketchum Advertising, Pittsburgh; and Colle & McVoy, Minneapolis.
Time is expected to go live on CompuServe today, featuring a news service updated round the clock rather than daily....and David Moranville have opened Ingalls Moranville, San Francisco, a subsidiary of Davis, Ball & Colombatto, Los Angeles. The executives recently left embattled Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, San Francisco....Ciba-Geigy Corp.'s and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corp.'s merger into Novartis will directly affect one of their brands, Ciba Vision, to be renamed Novartis Vision. Bates Worldwide, New York, handles the $2 million business. Industry observers expect a consolidation of Novartis agencies....Loews Hotels, New York, has started an agency search for its $3 million account. Incumbent Pallas Advertising, San Francisco, will compete....auto chain's first campaign from Cliff Freeman & Partners, New York, breaks this week with the tagline "Everything but gas.".... Warwick Baker & Fiore, New York, reached an agreement to repurchase a 40% stake in the agency held by Lopex, a London investment company....to exec VP-executive director, Lowe & Partners/SMS, New York, overseeing the agency's U.S. Coca-Cola Co. account, from president-managing director, Lois/USA. He succeeds Paul Hammersley, now exec VP, Lowe Group, with responsibilities for global business development and the international Coca-Cola account....Pacific Bell Mobile Services has narrowed the search for its $20 million account to Ammirati Puris Lintas, New York; Ogilvy & Mather, Los Angeles; and Ketchum Advertising, San Francisco.....Bijan Fragrances' XEL subsidiary is beginning a review for a new consumer product from the Beverly Hills, Calif.-based marketer. ....., senior VP-creative director at True North Technologies, San Francisco, is leaving to become creative director at Ikonic Interactive, a multimedia and Web production company.