P&G names global head as part of top tier reshuffle

Procter & Gamble has merged its brand development operations and senior marketing team under global brand building officer Marc Pritchard.

Pritchard: More responsibilities

Pritchard was previously global marketing director and his title has changed to reflect his new additional responsibilities for design, consumer market and knowledge and direct and interactive marketing functions at the FMCG multinational.

The top tier changes reflect consolidation already begun in individual markets, with “traditional marketing” functions merged with the so-called “brand building” functions in the UK under brand building leader Roisin Donnelly.

A P&G spokesman told Marketing Week the changes would come into effect in July. They would mean the leaders of each team based at head office would now report to Pritchard, rather than chief operating officer Bob McDonald.

The spokesman adds no jobs will be cut as a consequence of the changes, describing the move as designed to bring the company “closer to the consumer, help develop more holistic and effective consumer platforms, simplifying work flows internally and building stronger partnerships across brand building teams”.

The appointments come as speculation mounts that McDonald is to be named CEO.

Pritchard took over from Jim Stengal as global marketing officer last August.

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