Digests

Littlewoods has appointed former Grand Metropolitan Smirnoff managing director Susan Murray as group marketing director.

Barclaycard is to axe 1,100 jobs – a quarter of its total workforce – while also pledging to invest 30m in new technology. It is not yet known if the job cuts will affect the marketing department.

United Airlines has named James Goodwin as its new president and chief operating officer. He replaces John Edwardson, who resigned last week. CWS, the co-operative retail chain, is launching its own phonecards which it claims will save consumers up to 24 per cent on UK calls compared with BT phonecards.

The Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association has announced that British American Tobacco, Gallaher, Imperial Tobacco and Rothmans are launching an appeal to challenge the European directive banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship…

Imperial Tobacco has promoted Rizla marketing controller Lisa Davies-Evans to head the restructured trade marketing department as controller.

Tommy Hilfiger is launching a lower cost line called Tommy Jeans this October.

American Express will run a promotion, offering the chance to win cars and holidays, to encourage members to use their Amex cards to buy petrol.

Vodafone and Ericsson have teamed up for a promotional advertising campaign offering consumers the chance to win a trip to Hollywood during the 1999 Oscars.

Go, British Airways’ low-cost airline, this week launches its online booking service. Forte hotels has linked up with NatWest to launch a new branded credit card.

Former MicroProse chief Tim Christian has become the new managing director for Hasbro Interactive Europe, while former international md Barry Jafrato is to be senior vice-president, global development.

P&O Stena Line has appointed former head of marketing and tourism at the English Riviera Tourist Board Gavin McManus as short stay marketing manager.

Oriel Leisure, the UK budget hotel developer which is investing 6m in developing two Holiday Inn Express sites, has appointed former Whitbread director of marketing for Country Club Hotel Group Michael Smail as its head of marketing.

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