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David Hollander, appointed a year ago as vice-president and managing director of Buena Vista, the video arm of Disney, is leaving the company after a worldwide restructuring. Hollander joined in 1991 as sales & marketing director of the retail business and rose to v-p and md of the UK and Ireland.

Nike chairman and chief executive Phil Knight took a 750,000 pay cut on the back of the company’s falling sales. He was paid 1m compared with 1.75m last year.

CLT-Ufa, Europe’s largest broadcasting group, controlled by German media giant Bertelsmann AG, is considering entering the US TV market and could make a bid for CBS Corp, according to a report in Germany’s ‘Manager Magazine’ this week.

Whirlpool, the home appliance manufacturer, has appointed Mike Hooker as market director with responsibility for the UK and Ireland.

Eurostar is offering companies the opportunity to sponsor trains and paint their logos on train livery. It has appointed 3D Media Solutions to market the sponsorship.

Whittard, the tea company, is opening a new tea and coffee bar called the t-bar in London this autumn.

The Old Royal Observatory Greenwich is to launch licensed merchandise carrying the Greenwich Meridian 2000 logo.

Safeway opened its first newly built superstore in Northern Ireland yesterday (Wednesday). The super-market also announced plans to invest 40m on store refits and buildings in Northern Ireland and the launch of an in-store marketing campaign to promote Northern Irish products.

The Mahirishi School of the Age of Enlightenment will offer an affinity card to practitioners of transcendental meditation – and their parents. The Mahirishi School Visa card is backed by Beneficial Bank through its independent school fund raising Visa credit card scheme.

NTL Internet, a UK based Internet service provider, has appointed Simon Grieve, former marketing director at the TV-based ISP Netchannel UK, as marketing director.

Imperial Tobacco has launched a card series called ‘Britain’s steam railways’ for its 5s packs of Castella Panatellas cigars.

NatWest Bank will carry advertising on both sides of its cash receipt slips after signing a deal with NCR and Electronic Media Promotions, a subsidiary of Ambient Media Corporation, which will sell the advertising and promotional space on the receipts.

IPC’s Country Life is to launch its own Website from the beginning of next year.

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