Welke named chairman at Euro RSCG Tatham

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As expected, Euro RSCG Tatham, Chicago, named Robert Welke chairman-chief creative officer Friday. Mr. Welke had been chief creative officer at Leo Burnett USA. Tatham's Mary Baglivo was promoted from chief client officer to president-director of client services. Ralph Rydholm remains CEO. The three executives report to Steve Dworin, vice chairman of Euro RSCG Worldwide.

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