Lever Brothers is launching New Generation Persil Liquid on March 20, with a £1.5m ad campaign through J. Walter Thompson breaking at the end of April. As in the powder market, Persil Power liquid will still exist, but it will not be promoted, says a Lever spokeswoman. Procter & Gamble launches Ariel Future Liquids in April.
Business Development Partnership, the sales promotion agency, has lost a second senior executive with the departure of finance director Tim Spillane. Joint managing director Ian Zak left last week (MW, last week).
London Electricity has appointed Gordon Steele as head of marketing and business development at its energy services division.
The Rank Organisation has appointed Nick Basing from First Leisure Corporation’s sports division as marketing director for Rank Leisure. He replaces Jenny Roman, who left in December.
UCI Cinemas is expected to launch an internal inquiry into the `sick faxes’ sent by RSA Advertising to its rival Pearl & Dean after it won the UCI account (MW March 10).
Forte has appointed Mario Salsano as senior development director. He will focus on the expansion of the Meridien brand. He joins Forte from The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Barclays has launched a travel insurance and information service across the Internet. It will offer holiday insurance quotations, but users will make payments via telephone rather than the Internet.
Sega and Nintendo have been warned by the Monopolies & Mergers Commission about `excessive’ software prices. However, both companies have been given three months’ consultation time over MCC recommendations.
L’Orél UK Parfumerie division general manager Julia Fedou is moving to head the LaScad L’Orél division in Paris. Fedou was responsible for launching the L’Orél Perfection and ElsÃÂ¤ve brands.
PepsiCo says its European marketing director Charlotte Pinder is staying with the company, denying rumours that she is about to be promoted. Paul Steele, Pepsi-Cola’s group vice-president for northern Europe, says the new marketing director for Western Europe, Yann Tardiff who joined PepsiCo from Timberland last week (MW March 10), will report to Pinder.