Christine Walker, 43, is tipped as the hot contender to head a WPP Group media operation after the news broke this week that she will leave her longtime role as U.K. chief executive of Zenith Media
. WPP Chief Executive Martin Sorrell has been planning a joint media operation for J. Walter Thompson Co. and Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide for a long time and is believed to favor Ms. Walker to run it. The competition among U.K.-based media buying groups to hire Ms. Walker is expected to be keen.
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