Marshall oversaw DoE-Williams, Medicare VNR accounts for Ketchum

WASHINGTON: Monica Marshall, a former SVP with Ketchum's government marketing practice, served as the agency lead on both the Department of Education (DoE) contract that arranged for payments to commentator Armstrong Williams, and the Medicare account tha

WASHINGTON: Monica Marshall, a former SVP with Ketchum's government marketing practice, served as the agency lead on both the Department of Education (DoE) contract that arranged for payments to commentator Armstrong Williams, and the Medicare account tha

Marshall departed the Omnicom agency in mid-2004 for Rome, Italy, where she now works for the World Food Programme.

She has not returned calls seeking comment.

Robyn Massey, Ketchum's VP of corporate and media relations, would neither confirm nor deny Marshall's role.

Ketchum has also refused to provide the media with a copy of its subcontract with Williams or to provide information about an external review regarding the "pay for play" scandal.

Marshall is listed as "key personnel" in the DoE contract with Ketchum, already made public.

"We are not planning to make those documents available," said Massey in an e-mail. "As a rule, we do not release contracts we execute with any of the outside organizations we work with."

Williams was paid $240,000 by Ketchum as part of its more than $1 million contract with the DoE to promote the No Child Left Behind Act.

Pat Sloan, spokeswoman for Omnicom, declined to comment and referred all calls to Ketchum. "We have a code of conduct that we expect our operating units to follow," she said.

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