Digests

Burton Menswear managing director Greg Tufnell has left the chain. He is replaced by Evans managing director Andy King. The new Evans managing director is Hilary Riva, buying and merchandising director of Dorothy Perkins.

Dominic Owens has resigned as marketing services manager at Mercury Communications after just nine months. Owens, who was known to oppose the company’s Oliver & Claire ad campaign, becomes head of marketing communications in BT’s business communications division. He will be responsible for the division’s 13m ad budget (Media, page 14).

Coca-Cola is to launch limited edition cans and bottles for Christmas with a red and white picture of Santa Claus. The image was created by Swedish artist Haddon Sundblom for a Coca-Cola Christmas advertising campaign in the Thirties. The pack change will be backed by a re-run of the Christmas Caravan TV ad from December 1 (Cover Story, page 50).

Derwent Valley Foods, maker of Phileas Fogg adult snacks, has appointed former Pillsbury UK (previously Grand Metropolitan Foods UK) marketing manager Phil Kent as its head of marketing. Kent was responsible for the Old El Paso brand.

Paul New, marketing director for McVitie’s Prepared Foods, which covers brands such as the Linda McCartney vegetarian range and San Marco pizzas, is moving within United Biscuits to the group’s business development department, to work initially on strategic planning for the crisps division.

RBS Advanta former chief executive John Mullady is understood to be working as a consultant for Lloyds TSB. Mullady headed the launch of low-cost RBS Advanta credit card, which launched in February. He left the company in March.

The Central Office of Information has received the consultants’ report on the future of its 55m media buying. The report’s conclusions will be considered by the Government minister responsible, Roger Freeman, before being announced to agencies.

Carlsberg-Tetley (right) is relaunching Tetley’s ale next year with a television campaign using new packaging and the strapline “Tetley’s. In your own time.”

Queens Park Rangers Football Club and Wasps Rugby Club, part of the company run by Chrysalis chief executive Chris Wright, is floating on London’s alternative investment market (AIM) to raise 12m.

Condé Nast has appointed Simon Mills, former editor of Sky Magazine, as editor of GQ Active.

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