Cable & Wireless Communications marketing director Ruth Blakemore has quit just three weeks after appointing Rapier Stead & Bowden to handle its 45m consumer launch advertising.

Cable & Wireless Communications marketing director Ruth Blakemore has quit just three weeks after appointing Rapier Stead & Bowden to handle its 45m consumer launch advertising. Blakemore was edged out following a management reshuffle. (See news analysis, page 19)

Inter Lotto has dropped the name ‘Keno’ for its online pub bingo game and is calling it ‘Pronto’ instead. The company has appointed The Haygarth Group to handle the below-the-line account.

Burton’s Biscuits marketing director Jerry Charter is to quit the Associated British Foods company. It is understood Charter has been headhunted by a new media group, Maverick.

Superdrug (right) managing director Graham Steele has resigned from the Kingfisher group. Superdrug’s retail director Stan Hunt has been appointed to replace him temporarily.

Videotron director of marketing operations Nick Caunter has left the company, which is now part of Cable & Wireless Communications, to become a consultant.

Georgina Capp has been appointed commercial director of EMI Records UK. Capp has been promoted from the position of commercial manager.

One2One, the mobile phone operator, has launched a two-for-one phone scheme called Partners which involves single billing.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing’s latest survey claims economic confidence among Britain’s top marketers has dipped slightly. Interest rate rises and the strong pound has prompted the dip in confidence, according to the CIM. But marketers are predicting cash sales growth for the year of 6.9 per cent, slightly ahead of April’s prediction.

Automotive Financial Services has hired John Skeldon as managing director of sales and marketing.

Gianni Versace’s fashion house is launching a range of make-up in the UK – including lipsticks, foundations, blushers and eye products, a week after the designer’s death.

Amanda Wakeley, the British fashion designer, is developing her own branded clothing range for Burton Group clothing chain Principles.

Allied Domecq Retailing has acquired California-based sandwich shop chain Togo’s for $50m (30m).

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