BT’s much-vaunted Customer Communications Unit is now in a state of disintegration after BT told 60 of its major suppliers last Monday how the remaining CCU staff would be redistributed into the existing business units. The break-up of the CCU, which was set up after 1984’s privatisation, was initiated by personal communications sales and marketing director Michael Biden, who left BT in January after 18 months at the company.
The Scottish Tourist Board has appointed Lorna Easton as director of UK marketing. She will control the STB’s 4.5m budget.
UCI, Britain’s largest multiplex cinema chain, is tying up with Disney to sell spin-off products from the studio’s new film Toy Story (right) over the counter at the cinema. It will be selling badges, key rings, pencil sets and poster colouring packs at all 26 sites around the UK and Ireland.
Scottish & Newcastle Retail has promoted marketing controller Jeremy Blood to marketing development director, and appointed Simon Kaye as sales and customer service controller.
Sharwood, the ethnic food producer, is restructuring its sales and marketing divisions with two new roles. Susan Millington, formerly marketing director, becomes business development director for Grocery International. Phil Beresford, formerly sales director, becomes UK sales and marketing director.
Virgin Atlantic has agreed to pay 398,000 in costs to British Airways following a payment by BA to Virgin last year. This brings to an end the ‘dirty tricks’ row between the two airlines in the UK, though Virgin is still pursuing an anti-competition case against BA in the US.
Dunlop Slazenger is expected to introduce management changes following the finalisation of its 330m management buyout from BTR. Manufacturing, purchasing and marketing will be managed by one team from the head office in Leatherhead.
Simon Plumb Associates, the marketing services consultancy, has won the 1m task of launching Black Death Vodka in the UK.
Anthony Nares. A service of thanksgiving for Anthony Nares will be held at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, on Tuesday April 16 at 12 noon. For a car park pass, please write to the Regimental Adjutant, Headquarters Household Cavalry, Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1.