OGILVY, AKQA AND OMNICOM UNIT CUT STAFFS

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(April 23, 2001) -- WPP Group's Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide laid off 10 of its 130 staff members, becoming one of the latest agencies to cut back. Another, AKQA, San Francisco, formerly Citron Haligman Bedecarre, cut as many as three dozen of the 170 employees in its San Francisco office.

Fleishman Hillard's Chicago office laid off 12 staff members on April 19, confirmed Robert McEwen, general manager of the Omnicom Group public relations unit. He said the office, which handles such clients as SBC, Ameritech, Kellogg Co. and Abbott Laboratories, was one of a "handful among the 77 offices" to make such a cut over the past three months.

Copyright April 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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