Mattel’s Barbie Girls has come under fire for encouraging early sexualisation of girls following the launch of its new social network website.
McCann Erickson USA president Brett Gosper is to return to London as president of EMEA and to oversee the McCann UK Group. He will replace Rupert Howell, who announced his departure last week. The network revealed last week that Giuseppe Usuelli, the Milan-based chairman of EMEA, would take on Howell’s responsibilities. But the role has […]
When a company loses a charismatic and successful leader the task of finding a successor is far from simple. Do you groom someone from the inside or bring in new blood? David Benady looks at how some of the country’s best-known brands are attempting to avoid a bad heir day
The one-time John Lewis graduate trainee returns to the supermarket arm as its top executive fully determined to double sales, uphold quality and open more outlets by Matthew Gorman
Walker Media chairman Christine Walker will take a consultancy role after leaving the agency she founded with Phil Georgiadis. Walker announced her retirement from the agency yesterday and will hand over leadership to chief executive Georgiadis at the end of June, as exclusively revealed on www.marketingweek.co.uk. She is leaving the company to travel before returning […]
Utility provider Powergen is understood to be rolling out its rebrand to Eon to coincide with the FA Cup Final on May 17. The rebrand, first mooted in 2005, will see the company use the strapline “Eon. Changing energy”. Rival npower, however, is set to steal Eon’s thunder as it looks to turn the strapline […]
Halfords is teaming up in an exclusive partnership with the Meningitis Trust that will see the motor goods retailer sell badges featuring classic boys toy icon Action Man as part of a new a fundraising initiative. The retailer will sell five different designs after agreeing a license from Hasbro Properties Group. Halfords, which celebrates its […]
Publicis is understood to be close to securing the 12m Egg advertising account without a pitch.
The ebulliant and outspoken Christine Walker has announced her retirement a decade after founding Walker Media with Phil Georgiadis. The head of the eponymous media agency intends to leave the industry following an announcement to the Stock Exchange, as exclusively revealed on www.marketingweek.co.uk. Advertising and media executives are almost as one in hailing her charisma […]
Harrods marketing director Andrew Morley has left the Knightsbridge department store 12 months after be- ing appointed by chairman Mohamed Al Fayed. He will be taking up a marketing director¹s post at a FTSE 20 company later in the year, but declined to give any details. Before taking up his new post he will spend […]
Online recruitment brand Monster is on the hunt for an advertising agency for a pan-European brief. Monster spent about £4.5m in the UK on advertising last year. It is not known whether this will go up with a new agency, but observers say an increasingly tough online recruitment market means it will be forced to […]
Ramblers Holidays, the “original walking company”, is rebranding as Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. The new look is unveiled today (Wednesday)…