Chicago-headquartered True North Communications has acquired Howard, Merrell & Partners, a Raleigh, North Carolina, shop with 80 staff and billings of around $90 million. The amount paid was not revealed.

HMP clients include Kimberly-Clark and BB&T and the shop will trade as an autonomous unit of True North’s Bozell Group with chief executive Mac Merrell (58) at the helm retaining his former role.

News source: New York Times