Interpublic's Michael Roth Gives 3 Reasons To Discredit Merger rumours — Today's Ad Brief

michael roth web 2.0Interpublic chairman and CEO Michael Roth at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Calif.

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Interpublic Group CEO Michael Roth, who isn’t known for issuing public statements, gave three reasons why the holding company isn’t in the market for a merger at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference. 1) Interpublic doesn’t need capital; 2) it’s a very competitive company; 3) there has never been a compelling offer. So stop with the Publicis speculations!Facebook is playing favourites with social marketing tool and service providers and named 12 best “Strategic Preferred Marketing Developers.” Also: See who Facebook left off the list.

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