Month: September 2006

STA UK appoints first marketing director

STA Travel UK has appointed Celia Pronto to the newly created role of marketing director following a restructure of its operations. Pronto joins the company from InterContinental Hotels Group where she was regional marketing manager for the UK and Ireland, Middle East and Africa regions. In her new role Pronto will head a 17-strong team, […]

Assessing the brand

Each week in association with retail and marketing consultancy Pragma, looks at a high-profile brand, assessing its performance against a range of criteria and offering suggestions to improve its overall score. Marks for each section are given out of five stars, while the overall rating is given at the end of the review.

Phones4U poaches John Lewis commercial director

Phones4U, the mobile phone retailer, has poached Brendan Sweeney from John Lewis to be group commercial director. Sweeney will slot in alongside group marketing director Jim Slater, with both men reporting to Phones4U chief executive Tim Whiting. At John Lewis, Sweeney was commercial director with a seat on the board. He has been replaced at […]

T-Mobile raids O2 for business marketing head

T-Mobile UK has poached O2 marketer Derek Williamson to become head of business marketing. In his new role, Williamson, who was part of the corporate industry sector marketing and business marketing teams during his time at O2, will be responsible for delivering mobile voice and data products and services to SME and corporate customers and […]

DFDS Seaways hands marketing to Robson Brown

Cruise operator DFDS Seaways has handed its 1.5m marketing and advertising business to full-service agency Robson Brown. The Newcastle-based shop, which also has offices in Manchester and London, won the account following a competitive pitch. It was previously held by a number of London-based agencies, including RMG Connect. Robson Brown will handle the company’s national […]

Cheapflights hires former BA man as top UK marketer

Cheapflights, the international travel price search and comparison website, has appointed former British Airways marketer Joe Sikorsky to its top UK marketing role. Sikorsky joins as head of UK marketing and will report to commercial director Rob Passmore. He previously spent 11 years at BA, most recently as head of digital, where he managed the […]

Vodafone produces first handset

Vodafone is taking on the likes of Nokia and Motorola by launching a range of own-brand handsets. The Vodafone 710 is the first handset manufactured for the mobile giant by China’s Huawei Technologies following a strategic alliance signed by the two companies in February this year. The phone will be the first of a range […]

Draft FCB names UK co-presidents

Draft FCB has appointed Nigel Jones and John Minnec as co-presidents of the newly merged agency in the UK. Minnec, who was previously managing director of Draft London, will be responsible for client servicing, personnel, new business and marketing, while Jones, the former chief executive of FCB London, will look after strategy, operations, output and […]

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