21 January 1999

Gillette unveils global restructure

The Gillette Company has relocated several senior members of its European management at its Boston head quarters and has appointed six presidents to cover the eastern hemisphere as part of a worldwide restructure. Robert Leger, general manager northern Europe, has left for Boston, as has UK president Allan Boath. It is also believed Veronica Lewis, […]

Lead role for the movie marketers

Forget producers, directors, agents or even mega-grossing actors. These days, no self-respecting Hollywood studio will make a film without the say-so of its resident marketing guru. Maybe that’s not so surprising, given the average mainstream film costs 25m to make; then add a similar sum on top for marketing. There’s too much at risk not […]

Ayling keeps his feet on the ground

News that China has ordered its airline bosses to book flights for New Year’s Day 2000 as an incentive to ensure their companies solve mill-ennium bug glitches in time, may seem a little harsh. It appears that British Airways boss Bob Ayling has no intention of taking a tip from the Chinese. He will have […]

SAP system is well over the Hill

Jerry Hill’s aversion to “outdated systems” does him credit (Media Comment, MW January 7). Perhaps he will start by encouraging his fellow TV sellers to remove the most outdated system of all: trading TV airtime on ITV station average price. Pat Barsby Managing director Barsby Rowe Solihull Warks

Chief quits ailing Planet Hollywood

Guy Laurence has left his role as executive European vice-president of marketing for the ailing themed restaurant chain, Planet Hollywood. Laurence only took up the role a year ago, after joining the chain from the film industry. He is the first senior European figure to leave the chain, which has seen its fortunes plummet spectacularly […]


Saatchi & Saatchi International chairman Alan Bishop has added to his new global business role. He will be taking responsibility for global accounts other than Procter & Gamble. They include Kodak, Hewlett-Packard, and Du Pont. Foote Cone & Belding Direct Worldwide has appointed Steve Humphrey as chairman and chief executive. He was president of Bronner […]

Allied Domecq Retailing hires chief

Allied Domecq Retailing has recruited its first marketing and development director. She comes from Togos, its sandwich bar company in the US. Syl Saller, formerly vice-president of marketing for Togos, is to take over the new job created after a restructure last year. She will work across the two parts of Allied Domecq Retailing in […]

MediaCom TMB finalises top roles

MediaCom TMB has completed a number of senior appointments following the MediaCom merger with The Media Business Group (TMBG). Paul Van Barthold, broadcast director of TMBG, will fill the new position of commercial director in the group which has combined billings of 333m. Grey-owned MediaCom bought TMBG last November (MW November 19 1998). The two […]

Reality forces UK retail giants to check out their strategic options

We can get too worked up about global equity markets, like environmentalists wringing their hands over the state of the ozone layer, or the dyslexic philosopher who lies awake at night wondering whether there is a dog. In the wake of Japan and Brazil, I’m not suggesting that there is a case for complacency. It […]

Boots rejigs senior management

Boots the Chemist has restructured its top management. Director Martin Bryant is taking charge of the chain’s three business units. The former Boots Opticians managing director becomes director of marketing businesses. He will be responsible for Boots the Chemist’s leisure, healthcare, and beauty & personal care divisions – together worth 3.8bn in annual sales. Peter […]

Speedo appoints chiefs to push fashion sports

Speedo has made two new international marketing appointments in a department reshuffle. The moves come as the company, which is renowned for its swimwear, gears up as a fashionable sports brand. Eve Davies, operations and products director for the company, has been made marketing director Speedo International. Paul Phedon, formerly UK marketing manager, becomes Speedo […]

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