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Who sits where: Below, a list of agency holding company directors

Grey Global Group

Board size: 4

Board insiders: 1

Number of meetings in 2000: 5

Fact: Three-fourths of the directors are outsiders-but it's only a four-member board. The one insider, CEO Ed Meyer, controls a majority of voting stock.

Inside director

Edward H. Meyer: Chairman-president-CEO. On board since 1961. Also director of Ethan Allen Interiors and Harman International Industries.

Outside directors

Victor J. Barnett: Former Chairman, Burberry Ltd.

Mark N. Kaplan: Of counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Skadden Arps provides some legal services to Grey.

Richard Reiss: Chairman, Georgica Advisors Jr., a private investment fund.

Interpublic Group of Cos.

Board size: 9

Board insiders: 2

Number of meetings in 2000: 10

Fact: Before the Feb. 11 move to drop four insiders from its board, Interpublic's inside-to-outside directors ratio was the same as rival Omnicom Group's: 50/50.

Inside directors

John J. Dooner Jr.: Chairman-president-CEO.

Sean F. Orr: Exec VP-chief financial officer.

Outside directors

FRANK J. BORELLI: Former chief financial officer, Marsh & McLennan.

REGINALD K. BRACK: Former chairman-CEO, Time Inc.

JILL M. CONSIDINE: Chairman-CEO, Depository Trust & Clearing Co.

RICHARD A. GOLDSTEIN: Chairman-CEO, International Flavors & Fragrances. Former high-ranking Unilever executive.

H. JOHN GREENIAUS: Former Nabisco chairman-CEO. True North board member who joined Interpublic board after 2001 acquisition.

MICHAEL I. ROTH: MONY Group chairman-CEO. New member. Interpublic's Lowe formerly handled MONY advertising.

J. PHILLIP SAMPER: Managing director, Gabriel Venture Partners. Former senior executive at Cray Research, Sun Microsystems and Eastman Kodak Co.

Omnicom Group

Board size: 18

Board insiders: 9

Number of meetings in 2000: 5

Fact: Agency company most lauded by Wall Street has least shareholder-friendly board, with nine insiders.

Inside directors

Bernard Brochand: Vice chairman, DDB Worldwide.

Bruce Crawford: Chairman. Also on board of Advo.

James A. Cannon: Vice chairman-chief financial officer, BBDO Worldwide.

Jean-Marie Dru: President-CEO, TBWA Worldwide.

Michael Greenlees: Exec VP. Former chairman-CEO of GGT, bought in 1998.

Thomas L. Harrison: Chairman-CEO, Diversified Agency Services.

Keith L. Reinhard: Chairman, DDB Worldwide.

Allen Rosenshine: Chairman-CEO, BBDO Worldwide.

John D. Wren: President-CEO.

Outside directors

Richard I. Beattie: Chairman of executive committee, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a law firm.

Robert J. Callander: Retired vice chairman, Chemical Banking Corp.

Leonard S. Coleman Jr.: Senior adviser, Major League Baseball. Former president, National League. Director of Cendant Corp.

Susan S. Denison: Partner, Cheyenne Group, an executive recruiter. Former exec VP at Madison Square Garden.

Peter Foy: Chairman, Whitehead Mann Group, a search firm. Retired chairman, ING Barings. Director of PepsiCo, a key Omnicom client.

John R. Murphy: Vice chairman, National Geographic Society.

John R. Purcell: Chairman-CEO, Grenadier Associates, an investment firm. Director of Bausch & Lomb.

Linda Johnson Rice: President-chief operating officer, Johnson Publishing Co. On board of Bausch & Lomb, Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Gary L. Roubos: Retired chairman, Dover Corp., an industrial conglomerate.

WPP Group

Board size: 15

Board insiders: 4

Number of meetings in 2001: 7

Fact: Brian Brooks, who has agreed to join Interpublic next year as head of human resources, still sits on WPP's board.

Inside directors

Brian Brooks: Chief human resources officer.

Paul Richardson: Group finance director.

Eric Salama: Group director of strategy and chief executive,

Martin Sorrell: Group chief executive. Bought into Wire & Plastic Products, a maker of supermarket carts and baskets, in 1986, using it as vehicle to build advertising group.

Outside directors

Jeremy Bullmore: Appointed director in 1988 after 33 years at J. Walter Thompson, London, the last 11 as chairman; WPP bought JWT in 1987.

Esther Dyson: Non-executive chairman of Chairman of EDventure Holdings, an information technology and new-media company.

F. Warren Hellman: Chairman of Hellman & Friedman, a private investment company. Joined board in September 2000 with acquisition of Young & Rubicam, in which Hellman & Friedman was an investor.

Masao Inagaki: Chairman-CEO of Asatsu-DK Inc., a WPP shareholder and Japanese agency in which WPP owns a minority stake. Messrs. Sorrell and Inagaki sit on each other's boards.

John Jackson: Chairman of Hilton Group.

Michael H. Jordan: Executive chairman of Clariti Telecommunications International and eOriginal. Was chairman of Luminant Worldwide Corp., in which Young & Rubicam and then WPP owned a major stake; interactive shop filed for bankruptcy in December. Former chairman-CEO of CBS Corp. On boards of Aetna and Dell Computer Corp. Joined WPP board in September 2000 with Y&R acquisition.

Philip Lader: Non-executive chairman. Joined board in February 2001 as chairman. Former U.S. ambassador to U.K.

Christopher Lewinton: Former chief executive of Wilkinson Sword Group. Joined board in September 2000 with Y&R acquisition.

Christopher Mackenzie: President, chief executive and deputy chairman of TrizecHahn Corp., a real estate company.

Stanley Morten: Private investor focused on biotechnology.

John Quelch: Dean of London Business School and former marketing professor at Harvard Business School.

Source: Proxy statements and company reports

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