IPG merges PR shops

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Interpublic Group of Cos., New York, consolidated its three public relations units into two global networks under its Allied Communications Group. Shand-wick International and the technology practice of Weber Public Relations Worldwide will combine effective Jan. 1 into an agency called Weber Shandwick Worldwide, and 14 Weber offices around the world will merge with Golin/Harris International. Larry Weber, chairman-CEO of Interpublic's Allied Com-munications Group, will be CEO of Weber Shandwick and oversee a management team that will combine Weber and Shandwick executives. Golin/Harris will absorb public affairs shop Weber McGinn, creative services unit Ovation Studios, and technology specialists TSI Communications and Mindstorm Communications.

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