Interpublic Shop Said to Be Eyeing GM Business

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DETROIT (AdAge.com) -- Interpublic Group of Cos.'s Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide, eager to return to auto advertising, has reopened its office in Southfield, Mich.

The sole staffer is Tony Kuhn, an FCB senior vice president and veteran of the agency's former Chrysler Corp. business. Kim Gaynor, a former FCB executive vice president and also a veteran on its Chrysler account, is a consultant and will later be named Southfield president.

FCB is beleived to be targeting General Motors Corp., said executives close to the matter.

FCB has close ties to ex-Chrysler Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, who now has the same title at GM. FCB executives declined comment.

"We don't have any reviews going on except Saturn," said John Middlebrook, GM's vice president overseeing vehicle brand and corporate marketing. He denied any account moves involving FCB.

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