RAPP COLLINS NAMES NY OFFICE CHIEF

Robert Solomon to Lead 150-Person Shop

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CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Rapp Collins Worldwide, New York, named Robert Solomon president-CEO of the Omnicom Group agency.

Mr. Solomon, 51, fills the post held for less than one year by Lesley Mair, who resigned in February. During the interim, the office was led by Rapp Collins Worldwide Chairman-CEO Malcolm Speed.

Mr. Speed told AdAge.com that he had only recently started the search for a successor for the New York office.

No staff changes planned
Mr. Solomon will take

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over the helm of the 150-person New York office effective Sept. 16. While Mr. Solomon isn't expected to make any immediate staffing changes, the agency is in a "growing trend," Mr. Speed said.

Mr. Solomon joins Rapp Collins from his own consulting firm, Solomon Strategic. He also had been conducting account management seminars for Omnicom.

"Robert is extremely seasoned and has a lot of experience working with businesses and clients of all sizes ... in his consulting capacity as well as in his former jobs," said Mr. Speed, adding that he expects the new leader to have an immediate impact. "There shouldn't be any learning curve whatsoever."

Mr. Solomon earlier was president of direct and interactive marketing for the former Ammirati Puris Lintas, New York, and senior vice president and general manager of Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide's FCB Direct West, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He began his career at what is now known as Digitas, Boston.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Mr. Solomon was the president of the former Ammirati Puris Lintas, New York.

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