24 January 2008

Google and Dell tipped to reveal iPhone rival plans

Speculation is mounting that Google is plotting the launch of a mobile phone in partnership with computer giant Dell. Senior industry sources claim the two companies will reveal their plans at next month’s 3GSM telecoms conference in Barcelona, al-though Google insiders deny an announcement is due in the near future. But the rumours will once […]

Skoda chief returns to VW as UK managing director

Volkswagen has promoted Skoda UK chief Chris Craft to run the VW brand in the UK following Paul Willis’ move to Kia. Craft, a former VW marketer, rejoins the marque as UK managing director after four-and-a-half years in charge of Skoda. Craft has overseen a strong period of growth at Skoda and won plaudits for […]

Inbev chief marketer faces Stella struggle

Inbev, the Belgian brewer, has moved Andreas Hilger, marketing director of its German division, to the same role in the UK. He replaces Devin Kelly, who left the company to return to his native US last year. Hilger, who takes over on March 1, arrives in the UK as Inbev struggles to maintain the premium […]

DDB WWAV Rapp Collins rebrands as Touch DDB

DDB London has disbanded its joint venture with WWAV Rapp Collins and is relaunching the agency as Touch DDB. The integrated agency will be run by managing director Jonathan Goulding, planning director Richard Hill and executive creative director Guy Bradbury. DDB WWAV Rapp Collins was launched two years ago by Goulding, DDB’s former director of […]

Scalextric backs the “next Lewis Hamilton”

Toy brand Scalextric has signed a deal to sponsor a young racing driver dubbed the “next Lewis Hamilton”. The Hornby-owned racing game is backing Henry Surtees, the 16-year-old son of former F1 and motorcycle Grand Prix world champion John Surtees, as he competes in the Formula Renault UK (FRUK) championships. Surtees, who was sponsored by […]

Nitro London names Gala marketing head as director

Nitro London has appointed Gala Coral Group marketing director Kate Howe as managing director. The move comes as part of a drive to beef up the senior management team at the agency’s London office. Howe takes over the position on February 25, leaving the gambling and gaming operator after four years. She will report to […]

Biggins quits DLKW Dialogue to join Momentum

Momentum, the integrated agency, has appointed DLKW Dialogue chief Paul Biggins to the new role of London chief executive. Biggins, who is also a former chief executive of Tequila London, joins Momentum after three-and-a-half years with DLKW Dialogue, Delaney Lund Knox Warren’s below-the-line arm. Biggins has been brought in to build Momentum London into one […]

TUI repositions First Choice and Thomson away from package holidays

TUI, the travel company, is repositioning its First Choice and Thomson holiday brands in a bid to target different segments of the travel market. The plans aim to shift the company away from selling “commodity” packaged holidays. The First Choice brand will become a more family-oriented brand while Thomson will target older, more affluent consumers. […]

MTV Networks revamps website after strong performance

MTV Networks UK and Ireland is repositioning its website as a general music and entertainment portal for 16-34 year olds. It is revamping its site in the wake of a recent strong online performance. MTV reported that for December 2007 page impressions for its site wwww.mtv.co.uk were up 75% compared to December 2006, while there […]

Telegraph Media Group names AOL’s Flanigan as marketing head

The Telegraph Media Group has appointed AOL marketing chief Barry Flanigan to the role of marketing director. The role has been vacant since Kate Vanneck left to join Time Media last July. Flanigan, currently director of marketing and communications at AOL, will be responsible for all of TMG’s marketing. He will take over the role […]

Cussons buys The Sanctuary for 75m

PZ Cussons has acquired luxury beauty company Sanctuary Spa for 75m in cash. The company revealed the deal has it announced an 8% increase in pre-tax profits for the half-year to November 30 last year.

Record labels deny Qtrax deals

The high-profile launch of an ad-funded music website that claimed it could offer millions of free downloads has been blown off course after it emerged that it had not agreed deals with major record labels. Qtrax, which was unveiled this week at a music industry conference in Cannes, claimed it had licensing deals with a […]

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