The Wunderman Name Returns Home!!

Jun 01, 2001, 01:00 ET from Wunderman

    NEW YORK, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Impiric, the world's largest
 direct-to-customer marketing solutions company, today announced it has changed
 its name to Wunderman to reflect the heritage of achievement established by
 its founder, Lester Wunderman.
     The change reaffirms the direct marketing agency's commitment to sound,
 fundamental marketing principles championed by Mr. Wunderman and facilitated
 by new technologies around Customer Relationship Management.  This combination
 of proven wisdom and novel solutions allows the agency to transform today's
 challenges, such as media proliferation, interactivity and connectivity,
 customer choice and consumer cynicism, into opportunities for growth.
     "The name 'Wunderman' has immeasurable worth in the direct-to-customer
 marketing industry.  Lester Wunderman is the acknowledged 'father' of Direct
 Marketing, a title that no other person or organization can claim.  The equity
 attached to his name could be neither purchased nor generated quickly," says
 Daniel Morel, Chairman and Global CEO of Wunderman.
     Lester Wunderman co-founded Wunderman, Ricotta and Kline in 1958.  The
 company was acquired by Young & Rubicam (Y&R) in 1973, and in 1992 merged with
 Cato Johnson, a sales promotion company, to create Wunderman Cato Johnson.  In
 February of 2000, the company renamed itself Impiric.
     "The 'Wunderman' name is still at the heart of the company and thoroughly
 represents not only its legacy, but also the spirit of innovation.  Everywhere
 in the world reference is always made to the Wunderman heritage.  'Wunderman'
 generates heightened awareness in clients, consultants, and competitors," says
 David Sable, Wunderman New York President and CEO.
     Wunderman is the largest integrated marketing solutions company in the
 world, delivering customer relationship management services to clients through
 more than 80 offices in over 40 countries.  With 4,000 employees worldwide,
 Wunderman combines strategic consulting, data-driven and creative marketing
 services, the Internet, and the latest information technologies to propel and
 measure business results for its clients.  The network devises and deploys
 innovative, customer-centric marketing communications that have at their core
 a sound business rationale and which capitalize on the most relevant media
 channels-from online and e-mail advertising, through consumer promotion and
 events, to direct mail and DRTV.  In keeping with Lester Wunderman's
 distinguished heritage of innovation and excellence, Wunderman is committed to
 offering employees challenging professional learning opportunities that will
 help educate the future leaders of Direct Marketing.
     Wunderman is a division of Young & Rubicam Inc., a world leader in
 commercial communications, representing a collaborative network of preeminent
 companies at the forefront of the total brand experience. Young & Rubicam Inc.
 comprises the fields of advertising, perception management and public
 relations, brand identity and design consultancy, database marketing and
 customer relationship management, and health care communications.
 Headquartered in New York, Young & Rubicam ranks among the world's leading
 consolidated marketing communications companies and is a member of the WPP
 Group (Nasdaq:   WPPGY).
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