Chris Shumaker Was at Martin Agency

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CHICAGO ( -- Grey global Group today said it has hired an executive to lead its new-business operations for North America.

Chris Shumaker joins Grey Global's Grey Worldwide North America as executive vice president and director of development. He comes over from Interpublic Group of Cos.' Martin Agency, Richmond, Va., where he was director of business development. He had been involved in a string of new-business wins there including Miller Brewing Co., Nascar and Quizno's.

Mr. Shumaker, 44, will report to Steve Blamer, president-CEO of Grey Worldwide, North America.

The hire follows changes at Grey Global's media services arm, MediaCom, and even as Grey Global itself is up for sale. Britain's WPP Group and France's Havas have expressed interest in acquiring the marketing communications company.

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