DIGESTS

Asda is joining British Gas’ Goldfish credit card loyalty scheme. – NatWest has scrapped plans to appoint a head of marketing services in the wake of marketing director Raoul Pinnell’s departure (MW September 13).

Asda is joining British Gas’ Goldfish credit card loyalty scheme.

NatWest has scrapped plans to appoint a head of marketing services in the wake of marketing director Raoul Pinnell’s departure (MW September 13). In the new set up, NatWest’s senior managing director, Tony Warren, will take overall control of marketing at the bank.

Seagram’s wine chain Oddbins is thought to be staging a management buyout, spearheaded by new managing director Richard Macadam. Seagram has been trying to sell the 211-store chain. Numerous parties have been associated with the sale, including Tesco (MW April 12), Greenalls and Whitbread’s Thresher.

The Millennium Exhibition organisers are considering whether to spin the event out over two years instead of one to raise the 150m shortfall in funding.

Colgate Palmolive is tipped to appoint Brett Henshaw as marketing director. Henshaw is currently marketing director at Colgate Palmolive, New Zealand.

WH Smith is to extend its Clubcard and Clubcard for Kids loyalty schemes to 53 stores from this week following an initial pilot. The extended trial will be supported by TV advertising in two of the regions, Yorkshire and Tyne Tees.

British Gas Services has appointed Kevin Mahoney (right) as marketing and sales director. He joins from WH Smith Business Supplies.

Internet companies have written an open letter condemning name registry business Euroweb for using ‘scare’ tactics. The company is understood to have written to businesses saying they will lose their company names on the Net unless they send 65 plus VAT within seven days.

Burger King Corporation has appointed David Williams as senior vice-president and managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He joins from PepsiCo Restaurants International where he was senior vice-president worldwide franchising.

Hitachi has promoted Mike Josephs to the newly created post of general manager, European marketing and promotions. He was previously group marketing manager.

United News & Media has made an agreed bid for exhibitions group Blenheim in a deal that values the company at 592m (City Watch p16).

Marketing Week is launching the Design Show on October 29-31. The Show, based at London’s Royal Horticultural Halls, caters for those who buy or manage design (tel: 0181-710 2196).

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