Michael J. O'Malley Joins JWT Detroit as Global Business Director, Ford

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from J. Walter Thompson Company

    NEW YORK, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ -- Peter A.
 Schweitzer, President and Chief Executive Officer of J. Walter Thompson
 Company, today announced that Michael J. O'Malley, 49, is joining the company
 as Executive Vice President, Global Business Director on the Ford Motor Co.
 account, based at JWT Detroit.  Mr. O'Malley most recently served as General
 Manager, Cadillac Division, of General Motors.
     In his new role, reporting to the CEO, Mr. O'Malley will oversee the
 global Ford division advertising account, the agency's largest, which includes
 such brand names as Ford Focus and Mustang cars, Ford Econoline trucks and
 Ford Explorer SUVs.  JWT serves Ford in nearly 60 countries; a partnership
 which began in 1943.
     Peter Schweitzer said, "Mike is a premier addition to our Ford/JWT
 management team.  He brings a tremendous depth and breadth of experience from
 his 20-year marketing career in the automotive industry.  I'm confident he has
 the leadership skills and creative vision to leverage JWT talent toward
 providing the finest brand-building work of any major agency."
     The Ford/JWT partnership has produced award-winning mainstream advertising
 and pioneered new approaches to integrated communications that have included
 digital online communications, the development of brand-centric entertainment
 content as well as direct, database and relationship marketing.
 
     J. Walter Thompson, an agency in the WPP Group, plc. (Nasdaq: WPPGY) ranks
 as the fourth largest advertising agency in the world and the second largest
 in the United States, with global billings of $10.8 billion.
 
     A full biography of Michael J. O'Malley is attached.
 
                              Michael J. O'Malley
                           Executive Vice President,
                         Global Business Director, Ford
                          J. Walter Thompson, Detroit
 
     With achievements that span the course of 20 years in the automotive
 industry, Michael J. O'Malley, 49, brings a wealth of experience to his new
 responsibilities.  Among other accomplishments, he recently helped craft the
 successful reorganization of General Motors' regional sales and marketing
 activities.  He was also responsible for leading the merger of the Pontiac and
 GMC marketing departments.
     O'Malley has served as General Manager, Cadillac Division for the past
 year.  Prior to joining Cadillac, O'Malley served as Regional General Manager
 for General Motors' North Central Region from January 1999 to April 2000.  He
 headed all five GM divisions -- Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and
 Pontiac-GMC -- in that region and worked closely with the regional divisional
 marketing managers to ensure marketing objectives were met.  His primary focus
 was on the continued transformation of GM from a distribution-based company to
 a marketing-based organization and on improving communication with dealers.
     During his time at General Motors, O'Malley served as Marketing Services
 Manager of the Pontiac-GMC division at GM where he led 12 US divisional
 marketing departments.  He also was GM's General Marketing Manager for the
 Buick Motor Division and, for the Cadillac Motor Car Division, was Director of
 Advertising & Market Planning and Director of Sales Administration.  He began
 his career at General Motors in 1988 as General Director of Strategic
 Merchandising Operations with Marketing and Product Planning.
     Before joining GM, O'Malley held sales and marketing positions at Chrysler
 from 1981 to 1987, including several posts with car and truck merchandising
 and sales promotion.  In 1985, he was named National Advertising Manager for
 Dodge cars, and in 1986 he was promoted to National Advertising Manager for
 Chrysler.
     From 1977 to 1981, he moved through a series of positions at Ford,
 including Owner Relations Manager of the company's Parts and Service Division,
 then Sales Analyst and, later, Detroit Zone Manager.  In 1980, he was named
 New Business Planning Manager.
     O'Malley's experience in the automotive industry began long before his
 corporate positions.  As the son of a professional automobile manager and
 sales person, he literally "grew up" in a dealership, working in many
 capacities during his school days.  He also sold new and used cars at
 dealerships in Ohio and Michigan.
     Mike O'Malley is married and the father of six daughters.  He holds a
 Bachelor's degree from Harvard University with a concentration in Economics.
 He also earned a Master's of Business Administration, with a concentration in
 Finance, from the University of Detroit.
 
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SOURCE J. Walter Thompson Company
    NEW YORK, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ -- Peter A.
 Schweitzer, President and Chief Executive Officer of J. Walter Thompson
 Company, today announced that Michael J. O'Malley, 49, is joining the company
 as Executive Vice President, Global Business Director on the Ford Motor Co.
 account, based at JWT Detroit.  Mr. O'Malley most recently served as General
 Manager, Cadillac Division, of General Motors.
     In his new role, reporting to the CEO, Mr. O'Malley will oversee the
 global Ford division advertising account, the agency's largest, which includes
 such brand names as Ford Focus and Mustang cars, Ford Econoline trucks and
 Ford Explorer SUVs.  JWT serves Ford in nearly 60 countries; a partnership
 which began in 1943.
     Peter Schweitzer said, "Mike is a premier addition to our Ford/JWT
 management team.  He brings a tremendous depth and breadth of experience from
 his 20-year marketing career in the automotive industry.  I'm confident he has
 the leadership skills and creative vision to leverage JWT talent toward
 providing the finest brand-building work of any major agency."
     The Ford/JWT partnership has produced award-winning mainstream advertising
 and pioneered new approaches to integrated communications that have included
 digital online communications, the development of brand-centric entertainment
 content as well as direct, database and relationship marketing.
 
     J. Walter Thompson, an agency in the WPP Group, plc. (Nasdaq: WPPGY) ranks
 as the fourth largest advertising agency in the world and the second largest
 in the United States, with global billings of $10.8 billion.
 
     A full biography of Michael J. O'Malley is attached.
 
                              Michael J. O'Malley
                           Executive Vice President,
                         Global Business Director, Ford
                          J. Walter Thompson, Detroit
 
     With achievements that span the course of 20 years in the automotive
 industry, Michael J. O'Malley, 49, brings a wealth of experience to his new
 responsibilities.  Among other accomplishments, he recently helped craft the
 successful reorganization of General Motors' regional sales and marketing
 activities.  He was also responsible for leading the merger of the Pontiac and
 GMC marketing departments.
     O'Malley has served as General Manager, Cadillac Division for the past
 year.  Prior to joining Cadillac, O'Malley served as Regional General Manager
 for General Motors' North Central Region from January 1999 to April 2000.  He
 headed all five GM divisions -- Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and
 Pontiac-GMC -- in that region and worked closely with the regional divisional
 marketing managers to ensure marketing objectives were met.  His primary focus
 was on the continued transformation of GM from a distribution-based company to
 a marketing-based organization and on improving communication with dealers.
     During his time at General Motors, O'Malley served as Marketing Services
 Manager of the Pontiac-GMC division at GM where he led 12 US divisional
 marketing departments.  He also was GM's General Marketing Manager for the
 Buick Motor Division and, for the Cadillac Motor Car Division, was Director of
 Advertising & Market Planning and Director of Sales Administration.  He began
 his career at General Motors in 1988 as General Director of Strategic
 Merchandising Operations with Marketing and Product Planning.
     Before joining GM, O'Malley held sales and marketing positions at Chrysler
 from 1981 to 1987, including several posts with car and truck merchandising
 and sales promotion.  In 1985, he was named National Advertising Manager for
 Dodge cars, and in 1986 he was promoted to National Advertising Manager for
 Chrysler.
     From 1977 to 1981, he moved through a series of positions at Ford,
 including Owner Relations Manager of the company's Parts and Service Division,
 then Sales Analyst and, later, Detroit Zone Manager.  In 1980, he was named
 New Business Planning Manager.
     O'Malley's experience in the automotive industry began long before his
 corporate positions.  As the son of a professional automobile manager and
 sales person, he literally "grew up" in a dealership, working in many
 capacities during his school days.  He also sold new and used cars at
 dealerships in Ohio and Michigan.
     Mike O'Malley is married and the father of six daughters.  He holds a
 Bachelor's degree from Harvard University with a concentration in Economics.
 He also earned a Master's of Business Administration, with a concentration in
 Finance, from the University of Detroit.
 
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