DIGESTS

Dillons marketing director Steve Dunn has left suddenly, without a new job to go to. Dunn says that since Dillons was acquired by Thorn EMI last year, the marketing director’s role has changed. Thorn EMI is poised to demerge its operations. It is believed to have picked the Dillons brand for international development.

Philips consumer electronics managing director in the UK Barrie Mead is retiring this week and will be replaced by Simon Turner, who is head of European sales and marketing for Philips media division.

Motorola has appointed Mary Harrison as UK marketing communications manager to head its information systems group. She will be responsible for developing all UK marketing in the division.

The Government plans to allow gaming companies greater leeway in competing with the National Lottery. Home Office proposals have paved the way for advertising of casinos and bingo halls. New casinos and extended licences laws are also on the way. Meanwhile, Labour National Heritage spokesman Jack Cunningham has launched an investigation into all areas of the National Lottery. Labour’s 21-strong advisory team includes Ladbroke Europe chairman Bergis Daver and Littlewoods Chief Executive Colin Thwaite.

SmithKline Beecham is relaunching its Lucozade Sport and Energy ranges at a cost of 14m. Activity includes new apple citrus and lemon flavours in Lucozade Sport, the biggest media spend for five years on Lucozade Energy and new packaging across both ranges.

Sharwoods is strengthening its new product development team with the appointment of Bisto Foods marketing controller Nick Allen to the new post of development projects manager. Allen is responsible for Saxa salt and Paxo stuffing, which is the subject of an ad agency review.

TDI, the US transport advertising company which owns the London Underground franchise and half the UK bus advertising market, has been bought by US radio company Infinity Broadcasting.

Timberland has hired a new marketing chief to replace Lesley Henry, who left the company to join Coca-Cola late last year. Debbie Urquhart, marketing manager at Pittards, the leather company supplying Timberland, joins the shoe company on April 1. Urquhart takes up the role of marketing operations manager under sales and marketing director Michael Lynskey.

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