One-to-One Marketing Agency Expert Communications Inc. (ECI) Joins Omnicom Group Inc.'s Star Marketing

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 3, 2007--Diversified Advertising Services, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC), has acquired San-Francisco-based Expert Communications, Inc. (ECI). An award-winning direct response agency, ECI specializes in one-to-one marketing for highly regulated industries, such as financial services, healthcare, telecommunications and utilities.

Founded in 1995 by Bara Oscodar and Colleen Cramsie, ECI is comprised of senior advertising professionals in account services, production, creative and database marketing. In addition to its full-service agency capabilities, ECI offers comprehensive in-house database resources, with on-site data warehousing, modeling and analysis. ECI will operate as part of the STAR Marketing Group of CRM focused agencies, which include Javelin Direct, Critical Mass, Innovyx, Optima and others.

"All of the Omnicom agencies are leaders in their respective fields," said Bara Oscodar, CEO & President of ECI. "We look forward to benefiting from their expertise so we can continue to deliver strategic solutions and exceptional creative to our clients."

"ECI is a very strategic addition to our direct marketing portfolio," said Thomas L. Harrison, chairman, CEO Omnicom's DAS. "ECI provides innovative and insightful solutions to their clients' challenges across a range of industries that are significantly important to DAS' growth. ECI will help us maintain our leadership position in the DM discipline and will provide DAS another solid brand with which to represent our clients. We are looking forward to integrating the ECI talent on behalf of our DAS clients. ECI is a wonderful addition to DAS and gives us the instant ability to better service our West coast clients and helps cement our leadership position."

About ECI

Expert Communications Inc. ( is a direct marketing agency offering full-service support in all areas of the communication process -- with special emphasis on customer acquisition and retention in highly regulated industries. ECI is comprised of senior advertising professionals in account services, production, creative and database marketing and offers comprehensive in-house database resources. ECI was founded in 1995 by industry veterans Bara Oscodar and Colleen Cramsie.

About STAR

STAR Marketing Group (, a division of Omnicom Group Inc., is a network of customer experience management agencies and specialist services including CRM, interactive, direct, digital, and search media, analytics, teleservices, email, strategic consulting, and process improvement.

About Omnicom Group Inc.

Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE-OMC) ( is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

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