Two San Francisco agencies merge

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Two San Francisco Bay area advertising agencies have merged. Clear Ink, Walnut Creek, Calif., an Internet company focusing on Web development, has merged with Shugart Matson Young, San Ramon. The merged entity will operate under the Clear Ink name with a combined staff of 120. The merged agency, with billings in the $80 million to $90 million range, will have three presidents, David Burk, formerly president-CEO of Clear Ink; Kim Shugart, exec VP and co-founder of Shugart Matson; and Bruce Campbell, a longtime creative director at the former Hal Riney & Partners and later the creative director of Ketchum Advertising, now TBWA/Chiat/Day, San Francisco.

Copyright August 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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