RAPP COLLINS TRIMS CHICAGO STAFF, MOVES ACCOUNTS

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CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Omnicom Group's Rapp Collins Worldwide is cutting six jobs immediately in its Chicago office as part of its plan to reduce the operation from a full-service agency to a support organization, a spokesman said.

Over the next several months, as many as 30 staffers could lose their jobs as the 40-person office moves its existing accounts -- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., United Parcel Service of America and Western Union -- to its much larger New York and Dallas offices.

When the transition is complete, Chicago will be staffed with a small team of people to service regional assignments, although the number of staffers that will remain is not yet determined, the spokesman said.

The downsizing in Chicago follows the closing of Rapp's Minneapolis operation in March.

Rapp has had discussions with Rapp Collins Chicago President Ian Baer about opportunities to stay within Rapp or the larger Omnicom family, but Mr. Baer has not yet made a decision, the spokesman said. Mr. Baer declined to comment.

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