Flash: 02.26.2003 | 4:25 p.m.

John Dooner Expected to Be Out as Interpublic CEO

Fate to Be Decided at Board Meeting Tomorrow

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The fate of Interpublic Group of Cos.' Chairman-CEO John J. Dooner Jr. will be on the agenda at a board meeting tomorrow.

John Dooner's fate will be discussed at a Thursday board meeting.

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The board is expected to debate several options, all of which are said to include Mr. Dooner relinquishing the CEO title at the holding company.

Other officers
The board is also expected to discuss the fates of James Heekin, current chairman-CEO of McCann-Erickson WorldGroup, as well as Sean Orr, Interpublic's executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Mr. Dooner could return to run the flagship agency McCann-Erickson WorldGroup or retain the chairmanship of Interpublic.

David Bell possible candidate
Candidates under consideration to take Interpublic's chairmanship or CEO position include David Bell, former head of True North Communications, who became vice chairman of Interpublic when the holding companies merged in June 2001.

Turbulent tenure
The event follows a turbulent two-plus years at the helm for Mr. Dooner, 53, who served as Interpublic's president and chief operating officer for six months prior to taking the top job. Prior to that, Mr. Dooner led McCann-Erickson WorldGroup, Interpublic's leading agency network, for five years.

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