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JWT Chicago blows away from the Windy City.

3 Apr

from AdAge.com

JWT Closes Chicago Office
Windy City Institution Never Recovered From Loss of Kraft, Federated

April 3, 2009

CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — After 118 years, JWT is walking away from the Windy City.

The 50 remaining employees of what was once the largest office of the world’s largest advertising agency network were given the news this afternoon at a staff meeting by JWT North America President Rosemarie Ryan.

Ms. Ryan traveled to the Chicago to personally inform staff that the WPP-owned, New York-based network had decided to invest its resources in more-successful offices in Atlanta and Toronto, rather than rebuilding a long-declining Chicago outpost that was devastated by the loss of its largest and most important client, Kraft Foods, in 2007.

Read the full story at http://adage.com/agencynews/article?article_id=135781 — Jeremy Mullman and Rupal Parekh