BT and AT&T have appointed BT chairman Iain Vallance as chairman of the 6bn global partnership announced this week. The venture will employ 5,000 people and have its own chief executive, management team and salesforce.

Boots is partnering Mitsubishi in a store-opening scheme in Japan. It is planning to open four outlets in Tokyo next year.

Seagram has appointed Mike Spurling, former managing director for Malibu Rum, as vice-president of marketing for Chivas whiskies.

Business confidence in the UK economy is at its lowest level for four years, according to the Marketing Trends Survey by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Rolls-Royce has sold the use of its brand name to BMW for 40m. In a separate deal, BMW has also secured the ownership of the car’s famous front grille and winged mascot from 2003.

PC sales in western Europe have risen by 19.2 per cent in the second quarter to 5.2 million compared with the same period last year, according to technology research company Context.

BT Yellow Pages has appointed Nigel Marson as marketing communications controller. He will oversee all marketing communications for Yellow Pages, Talking Pages and Business Pages…

…BT has launched a 500,000 press and outdoor advertising campaign for its Platinum business Chargecard (MW May 28).

Abbey National has moved into motor insurance, backed by a new ad from EURO RSCG Wnek Gosper starring comedian Alan Davies. It claims the company has done away with the stresses of motor insurance claims.

Muller chief executive John Gibson has left ‘by mutual agreement’ after two and a half years in the post.

National Savings has appointed former director of purchasing for British Airways, Jeannie Bevan, to the board level post of director of sourcing. She will manage relationships with key suppliers including Post Office Counters.

DMB&B has created a series of yellow and black Underground posters featuring cartoon characters in urgent need of cash for Western Union, the money transfer company. Posters will also appear in Spanish holiday destinations.

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