McCann Worldgroup CFO Honored With 'Crain's 40 Under 40' Award

By Mccann Worldgroup, PRNE
Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tara Comonte Named to the Class of 2011

NEW YORK, March 28, 2011 - McCann Worldgroup announced today that its Worldwide CFO, Tara Comonte,
has been selected as a 2011 honoree for the Crain's NY "40 under 40" award.
Ms. Comonte, 37, is considered the model for the modern CFO - a true business
leader with a clear vision for transformation, business strategy, talent
development, retention, and the company of the future.

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As Worldwide CFO of McCann Worldgroup, Comonte helms the financial
operations for its 24,000+ employees in 785 offices and 126 countries
worldwide. Comonte, the first-ever CFO inducted into the American Advertising
Federation Hall of Achievement, is currently overseeing the restructuring of
the entire global financial and operating structure of the company.

Comonte has publicly taken a hard line against compensation agreements
that are not focused on value and delivery of business growth. Instead
Comonte proposes a shift in emphasis to business results, wherein agencies
embrace the rigor and accountability that procurement provides to ultimately
create value-based remuneration methodologies versus agreeing to compensation
structures that are too often damaging to both parties. Comonte has emerged
as the leading industry expert on the topic and a voice of reason.

Known for her high expectations and standards when it comes to results,
as well as a commitment to meritocracy, Comonte is also widely recognized for
her supportive team management structure and flexible work schedules.
Comonte's focus is on ensuring she creates a culture that allows individuals
the opportunity to shine in their careers, without sacrificing her own and
others family and personal commitments.

Another passion is her involvement in philanthropic efforts. On behalf of
youth development aid charity Raleigh International, she took a four-month
sabbatical from her career to embark on an expedition to Namibia, building a
school to serve 40 square miles of villagers, while simultaneously building
the self-esteem of at-risk youths from around the globe whom she worked
alongside. She is an active board member of the Acumen Fund, a venture fund
established to invest in ideas or business that can aid in the prevention of
world poverty. In honor of her mother, Comonte is also an active supporter of
the UK's leading breast cancer charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and has
personally raised more than $350,000 for cancer charities.

"Tara is extremely deserving of this recognition. She is a formidable,
smart, and driven and I am constantly amazed by her ability to balance all
aspects of her life," stated Nick Brien, Chairman and CEO, McCann Worldgroup.
"Tara Comonte is an extremely sharp commercial leader and operates as my
partner across all aspects of our global business helping to drive the
success within our organization."

About McCann Worldgroup

McCann Worldgroup delivers marketing solutions that transform brands and
grow businesses. The company is comprised of a collaborative roster of
best-in-class agencies that emphasize creativity, innovation, and
performance, including McCann Erickson Worldwide (the world's largest
advertising agency network); MRM Worldwide (digital marketing/relationship
management); Momentum Worldwide (event marketing/promotion); McCann
Healthcare Worldwide (professional/dtc communications); WGEXP (global
production); UM (media management); Weber Shandwick (public relations) and
FutureBrand (consulting/design). McCann Worldgroup is a unit of Interpublic
Group [NYSE: IPG].

Mary Perhach, EVP, Chief Communications Officer, mary.perhach at

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