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In Transit for Grey? Havas Hushed as Heekin Holidays

News, 29 July 2005

The persistent rumours that Jim Heekin, ceo of Havas' flagship Euro RSCG network, is set to migrate to the top job at Grey Global, came to a head Thursday - but remain unconfirmed.

To the frustration of media rumourmongers, Heekin is uncooperatively on holiday with his family this week and can't be reached - while Havas' lips remain tightly zipped.

But those with their ears close to the ground believe Heekin's putative discussions with WPP Group's Sir Martin Sorrell and Grey's soon-to-retire septuagenarian chairman/ceo Ed Meyer, are likely to bear public fruit this weekend.

Landing the Grey job would be a notable turnaround for Heekin - if it happens.

In October 2003 he joined Euro RSCG after being ousted as chairman-ceo of McCann Erickson Worldwide in the wake of a financial debacle that caused Interpublic Group to restate $181.3 million (€149.6m; £103.3m) in earnings.

Data sourced from BrandRepublic (UK); additional content by WARC staff