Agency To Cut 10% of New York Staff

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NEW YORK ( -- David Kessler moves to Interpublic Group of Cos.' New York office of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos as managing director, joining David Wecal, president and chief creative officer, in leading the office.

Mr. Kessler, 41, was worldwide account director at Interpublic's Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide, New York, on the AT&T Corp. business. FCB lost the $400 million wireless component in the summer to WPP Group's Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, New York.

Separately, FCB said it is laying off 50 to 75 people -- about 10% of its New York staff -- as a result of the loss.

Meanwhile, Hill Holliday, San Francisco, called off the acquisition announced in February of SF Interactive, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The companies will still work in a "strategic partnership." SF Interactive has 45 employees, down from 150 a year ago.

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