USWeb/CKS goes hunting as SFI buyer expected

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USWeb/CKS, San Francisco, appears close to a broader offline move, with signs pointing to another acquisition of a traditional agency. "You'll see us aggressively but smartly expand our business in that area," said CEO Robert Shaw. USWeb/CKS "possibly" will buy an agency, he said. USWeb/CKS already owns offline shop McKinney & Silver, Raleigh, N.C. Meanwhile, Leapnet's Quantum Leap Communications, Chicago, is opening a San Francisco office run by Chris McCarthy, former president of online marketing consultancy Experience Architects. Separately, SF Interactive, is set to be sold, with a buyer expected to be announced in coming weeks. Another well-known San Francisco Web agency, 110-employee Left Field, split in two last week. Managing Partner-Strategy Michael McMahon is opening one shop; Creative Director Fred Schwartz and Account Partner Kevin Burke will open a second agency.

Copyright October 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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