Japan's Dentsu and South Korea's Cheil Worldwide are hiring veteran U.S. agency executives as they begin to ramp up their operations here. Cheil has hired Buz Sawyer, a former managing director of Wieden + Kennedy, New York, as the president and chief executive officer of its North American unit. Dentsu has tapped John Partilla, a former sales executive at Clear Channel Communications and Time Warner who also worked at Young & Rubicam, as the operating officer of its North American division.

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