A personal signature on SEC documentation certifying the fidelity of corporate accounts concentrates a top executive’s mind with wonderful clarity, generating in ceo, coo and cfo a laser-like focus on possible lapses of memory concealed on the balance sheet.

It was therefore without qualm or tremor that the senior officers of the globe’s three largest agency holding companies this week flourished their Mont Blancs and signed on the dotted line.

Wednesday's certification deadline for the nine hundred and forty-seven US-based companies whose shares are publicly quoted was met with time to spare by the agency Big Three – WPP Group, Interpublic Group and Omnicom Group – although as WAMN reported [13-Aug-02] UK headquartered WPP did so voluntarily [and shrewdly].

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