Statement of Grey Group on Condom Ad from Germany

    NEW YORK, April 17 /CNW/ -- Recently an ad execution from Grey Germany,
which has never appeared in any paid media, found its way to internet websites
devoted to showcasing advertising.  We have asked that the ad be taken down

    We understand that the ad offended the sensibilities of people in China
for its visual reference to Chairman Mao.  Grey has offered a heartfelt
apology and formally contacted the Chinese embassy in Germany to assure them
this unauthorized ad will never run.  We have the utmost respect for China,
its people, culture and institutions.


    For further information contact:
    Owen Dougherty
    Chief Communications Officer
    Grey Group

    About Grey Group

    Grey Group ranks among the largest global marketing communications
companies.  Its parent company is WPP (Nasdaq:   WPPGY).  Grey Group is
represented in 96 countries, with 432 offices operating in 154 cities. 
Dedicated to delivering big ideas that accelerate brand potential, Grey
Group's total offering includes Grey (advertising) and G2 (activation
marketing).  In the Asia Pacific region, Grey Group covers 29 cities in 17
countries and has a combined staff strength of over 2,000.  More information
about Grey Group Asia Pacific is available at


For further information:

For further information: Owen Dougherty, Chief Communications Officer,
Grey Group, +1-212-546-2551 Web Site:       

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