24 April 2003

Homebase top marketer steps down

Homebase chief marketer Andrea Preducov is stepping down from her role as head of brand marketing. The move follows the acquisition of the DIY retailer by GUS, owner of the Argos Retail Group, in November last year for &£900m. An ARG spokeswoman says: “Andrea Preducov has chosen to leave Homebase at the end of the […]

Rothmans takes axe to marketers

Rothmans UK is to cull up to a third of its marketing and sales team as part of a wider operational restructure at the company. Parent company British American Tobacco (BAT) has said that about 90 jobs will go at Rothmans’ 270-strong Aylesbury office, which houses the marketing, sales and distribution staff for its Dunhill, […]

Halfords loses top marketer and chief executive following job cull

Halfords marketing and merchandising director David Clayton-Smith and chief executive Rod Scribbins are leaving the company, which is in the throes of a jobs cull. At the beginning of April, Marketing Week revealed that bicycle and car-accessory retailer Halfords was to cut up to 40 marketing jobs, as well as a further 50 job losses […]

BMW chief slams quality of TV schedules

BMW marketing director Phil Horton is to attack broadcasters for delivering “average, inferior or downright inane programmes” as well as advertisers and their creative agencies for a decline in the quality of advertising in a speech at the TV United 2003 conference in Bath today (Wednesday). He questions whether the decline in the quality of […]

Grant to head Capital sales

Capital Radio Group commercial marketing director Linda Grant has been promoted to commercial managing director of its London stations. The new role will absorb her marketing responsibilities. Grant, who joined Capital Radio from newspaper Metro in January 2002, will oversee the national sales business across the Capital FM Network, Capital Gold Network, Xfm and Century […]

NatMags plans another teen title

The National Magazine Company (NatMags) is planning to launch another teenage title in the UK – a British version of US magazine Seventeen – alongside its existing title CosmoGirl!. Last week, Hearst Magazines, of which NatMags is a subsidiary, bought the US title from Primedia, in a cash deal worth $182m (£114m). Terry Mansfield, director […]

NatMags plans another teen title

The National Magazine Company (NatMags) is planning to launch another teenage title in the UK – a British version of US magazine Seventeen – alongside its existing title CosmoGirl!. Last week, Hearst Magazines, of which NatMags is a subsidiary, bought the US title from Primedia, in a cash deal worth $182m (£114m). Terry Mansfield, director […]

Energywatch to harden stance on utility billing

Energywatch, the utilities industry watchdog, is planning to name and shame gas and electricity companies for sending “inaccurate, unclear and late” bills to consumers. The move comes after the industry watchdog criticised British Gas over billing difficulties affecting thousands of its electricity customers (MW February 27). The naming and shaming of companies will form part […]

Grant to head Capital sales

Capital Radio Group commercial marketing director Linda Grant has been promoted to commercial managing director of its London stations. The new role will absorb her marketing responsibilities. Grant, who joined Capital Radio from newspaper Metro in January 2002, will oversee the national sales business across the Capital FM Network, Capital Gold Network, Xfm and Century […]

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