Nick Reilly has been appointed chairman and managing director of Vauxhall Motors. He replaces Charles Golden, who left the company last month to become chief financial officer at pharmaceuticals company Eli Lilly in the US. Reilly comes from General Motors Europe, where he was vice-president of quality and reliability.

Miller Brewing (right) has recruited Nick Crossley from Courage for its newly-created post of European marketing manager.

Ross Youngs’ Linda McCartney range of vegetarian food is reporting a 60 per cent boost in profits in the past two weeks, because of the BSE crisis. A new vegetarian burger is being launched this month, after a similar product was temporarily recalled last year due to specification problems.

Share prices for Thorn EMI increased by 140p to 18.43 yesterday (Tuesday) after speculation the company was subject to a bid. Analysts believe companies behind the bid could include Sony, as well as Viacom and Time Warner.

French beauty company Sanofi Beauté has appointed Michael Jacobs as marketing manager for Parfums Yves Saint Laurent. He will take responsibility for the Yves Saint Laurent fragrances, make-up and skin care products.

Ian Thomson, former British Shoe Corporation managing director, is replacing Patrick Austen as chief executive at Liberty’s. The announcement comes as the upmarket store announced its profits for the year to January 27 were 2.1m down from 3.6m last year.

Puma UK has pulled its advertising from terrestrial television and tied up a 1.3m advertising and sponsorship deal with BSkyB.

The Daily Telegraph is believed to have talked to agencies about a project to target young professionals.

Brian Swette has been promoted to chief marketing officer at Pepsi Cola, with worldwide responsibility for its soft drinks portfolio. Swette, 42, Pepsi’s former European vice-president of marketing, took over his new post on April 1. He reports to the company’s US-based chief executive Brenda Barnes.

Supermodel Helena Christensen has signed a 1.2m deal with Playtex to launch its Affinity collection in a Saatchi & Saatchi European advertising campaign which is believed to break soon.

Sainsbury’s has hit back at the success of Tesco’s clubcard link up with DIY superstore B&Q by increasing the benefit of its own Homebase Spend & Save card. The supermarket will hike its discount from 10 to 15 for every 100 spent. The offer applies to Sainsbury’s food and Homebase stores.

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