Effects beyond Ogilvy

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When Azteca Americas landed Peter Chrisanthopoulos as president in 2000, the Spanish-language network considered it a coup. No one would have guessed that a few short years later he'd be 14-months unemployed and testifying in federal court against former Ogilvy & Mather colleagues for time-sheet padding.

Though he left there in November 2000, Mr. Chrisanthopoulos' experience at WPP Group's MindShare North America is being resurrected and inscribed as forever part of the public record. Last week, in a breathy, dejected tone of voice, the slight Mr. Chrisanthopoulos-who had already pleaded guilty-told how former colleagues Shona Seifert and Thomas Early directed him and others to inflate their time sheets and deceive the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Mr. Chrisanthopoulos, 47, first joined Ogilvy & Mather in 1979. He left the agency in 1982 for a brief stint at Young & Rubicam, then jumped to RJR Nabisco Broadcast. In 1989, Mr. Chrisanthopoulos joined the Network Television Association, founded by ABC, CBS and NBC, as its chief executive. In 1993 he joined ABC Television Network Group as exec-VP-research marketing and promotion, before moving to Ogilvy's media department in February 1996 as president-broadcast and programming. When Ogilvy's media merged into MindShare, he kept the same role.

"He was the kind of guy who, if you got along with him and worked well with him, he inspired a lot of loyalty," said one former colleague. "That's a hard thing to do."

Since quitting Pappas Broadcasting-owned Azetca Americas in January 2004, Mr. Chrisanthopoulos has been looking for work. Advertising Age's efforts to reach him were unsuccessful, but Paul Shechtman, attorney for Mr. Chrisanthopoulos, said, "This has been an ordeal for Peter in every way. He is hopeful of closing this chapter and getting on with what has been an extraordinarily successful career."

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