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Interpublic Executives to Be Honored by The ADCOLOR(TM) Industry Coalition's First-Ever ADCOLOR Awards

October 8, 2007 at 5:40 PM EDT

Inaugural ADCOLOR(TM) Awards to Recognize Outstanding Achievements of 15 Diverse Professionals

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 8, 2007--The ADCOLOR(TM) Industry Coalition and The Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) announced today that Marcio Moreira, Heide Gardner and Lauren Tucker will be honored as Legend, Change Agent and Innovator, respectively, as part of the 2007 ADCOLOR Awards, a program honoring outstanding diverse professionals in each segment of the advertising, marketing and media industries. The awards show will take place at the ANA Multicultural Marketing Conference on November 4, 2007 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Over 100 nominations were submitted across four award categories. A fifth category was added to honor an individual whose impact spans the advertising, marketing and media industries. The 15 honorees were selected based on their ability to deliver strong outcomes, contributions to their companies, industries and/or communities, reputation as "best in class" by serving as role models for others and strong professional character and leadership.

Marcio Moreira is Vice Chairman, Global Professional Management of McCann Worldgroup responsible for the careers of thousands of employees around the world. Mr. Moreira began his advertising career with McCann-Erickson Brazil in 1967 and has held various posts throughout McCann Worldgroup, including Vice Chairman, Chief Creative Officer of McCann Worldgroup and of McCann Erickson Worldwide and Regional Director of McCann Erickson Asia Pacific. His current responsibilities include coordinating creative resources, setting creative standards and nurturing the flow of ideas across the whole spectrum of McCann's seven specialized marketing communications companies, including McCann-Erickson Worldwide.

Heide Gardner is Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Interpublic Group. She is responsible for collaborating with senior management to develop new inclusion management strategies and programs for Interpublic and its family of leading agency brands across the globe. Since joining Interpublic, Ms. Gardner has made significant contributions to Interpublic and has acted as a role model for employees, leaders at a range of Interpublic companies and our industry as a whole.

Lauren Tucker, Senior Vice President and Director of Consumer Forensics at The Martin Agency takes her passion for marketing and communication education and training beyond work to inspire and encourage today's industry professionals and educators as well as tomorrow's young thought leaders. Her unique approach to strategic planning has provided form, structure and actionability to some of the great creative ideas produced by The Martin Agency, one of the most successful agencies in the world today.

"As is the case in every professional service business, our success is ultimately about one thing - the quality of our people," commented Michael I. Roth, Chairman and CEO of Interpublic. "Marcio, Heide and Lauren have all made significant contributions to Interpublic and the industry. We are proud to see them honored and recognized for their many accomplishments."

For more information on the 2007 ADCOLOR Awards, go to or contact Jan Little at (212) 474-5105 or or Meredith Vellines at (617) 680-0378 or


ADCOLOR(TM) was established in 2005 to promote increased diversity in the advertising, marketing and media industries, as well as to inspire current and future communications professionals of color by celebrating the accomplishments of diverse role models and industry leaders. Go to for more information.

About The AdColor Industry Coalition

The AdColor Industry Coalition is a historic collaboration between The ADVERTISING Club of New York (AD CLUB NY), the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) and Arnold Worldwide. These organizations and other companies are committed to the success of the AdColor Industry Initiative.

About Interpublic

Interpublic is one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Major global brands include Draftfcb, FutureBrand, GolinHarris International, Initiative, Jack Morton Worldwide, Lowe Worldwide, MAGNA Global, McCann Erickson, Momentum, MRM Worldwide, Octagon, Universal McCann and Weber Shandwick. Leading domestic brands include Campbell-Ewald, Carmichael Lynch, Deutsch, Hill Holliday, Mullen, The Martin Agency and R/GA. For more information, please visit

CONTACT: The Interpublic Group
Philippe Krakowsky, 212-704-1328

SOURCE: The Interpublic Group