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Kevin Allen Joins Lowe Worldwide as Vice Chairman

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 15, 2006-- Lowe Worldwide, a unit of The Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG), announced today that Kevin Allen will join its management ranks on July 3rd as Vice Chairman. His responsibilities will include global marketing and business development.

In his new London-based role, Allen will work closely with Worldwide CEO, Steve Gatfield and Worldwide Chairman, Tony Wright.

Allen joins from Interpublic sister agency McCann Worldgroup, where he was most recently Executive Vice President, Worldwide Director of Global Accounts. For the previous two years he was Chief Growth Officer for the Interpublic Group. Before that, Allen served as EVP, Director of Corporate Development at McCann Worldgroup. In all three positions Allen was responsible for spearheading multinational new business initiatives as well as championing integrated marketing campaigns to key global clients.

During his time at McCann Worldgroup, Allen led the team responsible for a number of global new business wins including MasterCard, Siemens, Microsoft Europe and Lufthansa. He was responsible for the cross-discipline servicing of multinational accounts like L'Oreal, GM, Unilever and Nestle.

In 2005 he was seconded to Lowe as part of the pitch team responsible for landing the Nokia account. Allen coordinated four Interpublic companies to provide a multi-disciplinary communications program for Nokia.

Active in several civic causes, Allen served as an advisor to New York City's Mayor Rudy Giuliani as part of his election team.

Steve Gatfield, CEO of Lowe Worldwide said, "Kevin has a proven track record within Interpublic and its agencies. We worked closely on new design and delivery of ideas and multi-channel solutions when we were both at Interpublic in New York. I have no doubt that Kevin will make a major contribution to the Lowe global leadership team. He will bring his vitality and expertise to harnessing our deep reservoir of talent around the re-invigorated, re-focused, Lowe network."

Kevin Allen said, "This is an exciting time for Lowe. Lowe has a proven track record of producing high value ideas for its clients across multi-disciplinary platforms. Lowe is well placed for future growth and I am thrilled to be working there once again."

About Interpublic

Interpublic is one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Major global brands include Draft, Foote Cone & Belding Worldwide, FutureBrand, GolinHarris International, Initiative, Jack Morton Worldwide, Lowe Worldwide, MAGNA Global, McCann Erickson, Momentum, MRM, Octagon, Universal McCann and Weber Shandwick. Leading domestic brands include Campbell-Ewald, Carmichael Lynch, Deutsch, Hill Holliday, Mullen and The Martin Agency.

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