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John Elliott is joining American Express as executive vice-president and head of its establishment services group from First Data Corporation, where he was chairman of card establishment services. Elliott will be based in London.

RBS Advanta, the credit card company, has appointed Norma MacLean as its new acquisitions marketing manager. The low-cost Visa card is a collaboration between The Royal Bank of Scotland and US company Advanta Corporation. MacLean will recruit new card members.

The Trocadero leisure group has appointed Patrick Donovan as its marketing director. Part of his responsibility will be to promote the group’s Enid Blyton merchandise brand.

EMAP is negotiating to buy health magazine Top Santé from Luxembourg-based TV and radio company CLT.

Wilson Sporting Goods is consolidating its pan-European sales and marketing teams in an effort to align its brands. The announcement is part of a top-level restructure, which includes the departure of UK managing director Michael Green (MW last week).

SmithKline Beecham has rearranged its European Consumer Healthcare operation by incorporating SB Nutritional Healthcare Europe into its organisation structure. This development puts an end to speculation that SB Nutritional Healthcare Europe, which includes Lucozade, Ribena and Horlicks, is up for sale. As part of the move, John Clarke, general manager and vice president UK & Ireland for healthcare, is to become general manager & vice-president Nutritional Health UK & Ireland. He continues to report to Peter Jensen, chairman, Europe SB Consumer Healthcare.

Mattel, the toy maker, has infuriated disability rights campaigners with its plans to market “cute and loveable” Quasimodo dolls (right) for the latest Disney blockbuster The Hunchback of Notre Dame. A Mattel spokes-woman says: ‘To have a character that has a disfigurement which people respond to in a warm way is positive.’

Stephen Foulser has been appointed as Woolworths advertising and promotions controller, following Andrew Fryatt’s departure (MW last week). Foulser was previously trading manager for the company.

JVC has announced it will renew its sponsorship with Arsenal Football Club after difficult negotiations, in which the electronics company got close to dropping the team (MW last week).

Tesco has appointed Forward Publishing to produce a magazine for its Clubcard members. It will have a circulation of 3 million and will be printed in five versions.

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