Following the melding by Interpublic Group of its Bozell agency group into the New York office of Lowe & Partners Worldwide [WAMN: 20-Feb-03], the latter’s chief executive has resigned in what some believe to be a fit of pique.

Paul Hammersley (41), formerly the most senior honcho at Lowe New York, quit last week after the appointment four months earlier of former Bozell president/ceo Tom Bernadin to two senior posts in the merged shop.

Although diplomatic ambiguity reigned over their respective roles, few doubt that Bernadin topped the new Lowe pecking order as president/chief operating officer.

Hammersley, who migrated across the Atlantic from Lowe’s London office in 2001, will not be replaced and Bernadin assumes the ceo role in place of his earlier job titles.

Data sourced from: New York Times; additional content by WARC staff