Nancy Hill to Head Lowe's North American Operations

Will Work With Mark Wnek to Turn Network Around

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Nancy Hill is moving to Interpublic Group of Cos.' Lowe Worldwide as CEO of its North American operations, the agency said.
Nancy Hill has been named CEO of Lowe Worldwide's North American operations.
Nancy Hill has been named CEO of Lowe Worldwide's North American operations.

Turnaround
Ms. Hill will team with Mark Wnek, chairman-chief creative officer of Lowe's New York office, to try help turn around a network that's struggled with client losses in recent years. Interpublic recently announced the latest in a series of fixes for Lowe, moving Steve Gatfield into the CEO post to replace Tony Wright, who was named chairman.

As part of the turnaround plan, Lowe is expected to reduce the size of its network from 37 majority-owned offices to 19, including eight key hubs.

Internal projects
As managing director, Ms. Hill, 48, ran the Visa USA account for Omnicom Group's BBDO until the agency lost the business late last year. Since then, she's been working on internal projects and on Omnicom and BBDO's relationship with Motorola. She joined BBDO in March 2003 from Interpublic's Hill Holliday.

"She has huge ability and charm," said Mr. Wnek. "She's the best person out there who's not already doing something like this."
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