Esom ousted from M&S after profits warning

Marks & Spencer director of food Steven Esom has left the retailer as it announced a 4.5% drop in food sales. He will leave with immediate effect and has been replaced by director of home and M&S Direct, John Dixon.

General Mills promotes Hipkiss to international role

General Mills, the US food manufacturer, has promoted marketing director, Linda Hipkiss, to vice president of marketing. The appointment will see Hipkiss move to the company’s head office in Minneapolis.  She will be replaced in the UK by Ed Culf, currently commercial director of the company’s Jus-Rol and Saxby’s pastry division. He will be based […]

JAZZ FM appoints WARL for relaunch

WARL has been appointed to handle the relaunch of Jazz FM as a digital-only station.  The agency, which previously worked with the brand five years ago, won the account without a pitch. The agency is developing an advertising campaign ahead of the launch of the radio station, which will be available on digital audio broadcasting […]

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Ruth Mortimer: How to tackle brand terrorists

How would you feel if someone went about linking your brand name to one of the last century’s worst crimes against humanity or one of the biggest threats to modern Western society? You’d probably be pretty damn angry. So imagine how US retailer Wal-Mart feels about the man who sells T-shirts emblazoned with the words […]

The price of value clothing

Anyone who thought the issue of ethical trade would disappear from view as the economy goes sour will have had a shock over the past week. Value retailer Primark was dragged into the dock by an exposé on the BBC’s Panorama programme last week, which alleged that children in India were working long hours in […]

Olympics fundraising falls short

The news last week that the Department for Media Culture and Sport (DCMS) has failed to raise a single penny from the private sector to support potential Olympic athletes has drawn criticism from politicians and sports marketing experts alike. Despite appointing Fast Track, the sports marketing agency founded by former Olympic athlete Alan Pascoe, the […]

Nationwide seeks fresh face for marketing director role

Nationwide Building Society is looking for a marketing director in a major restructure that casts doubts over the future role of head of brand strategy Peter Gandolfi (pictured). The move will be the biggest shake-up of Nationwide’s marketing department in a number of years, and the first time the building society has looked externally to […]

Sovereign Series to crown champion racehorse

Racing UK, the racing broadcaster, is launching a new 10m season-long competition to crown the champion British racehorse. The Sovereign Series will begin in 2010, with extensive broadcast and commercial agreements planned.

3 signs Yahoo! to sell online ads

Yahoo! has signed an exclusive deal with 3 UK to sell the ads on the mobile operator’s UK portal, Planet 3. The first ads will appear on the site later in the month. 3, which has more than 3m customers in the UK, says the site is “prime advertising real estate” and, according to research […]

News Int continues commercial restructure

News International has revealed further changes to its commercial division, with the creation of new group roles. The appointments form part of the publisher’s new leadership structure first announced by James Murdoch, chairman and chief executive (pictured), Europe and Asia, News Corporation, last week (June 23). Patricia Kill, head of advertising sales operations for News […]

TNS and GfK merger hit by EU competition issues

The Taylor Nelson Sofres merger with Nuremberg-based research company GfK has hit a fresh snag after respected independent study group Enders Analysis said it raised serious European Union competition issues in the area of television audience measurement (MW May 1). Sources close to TNS deny there is a material problem. “If unhindered by remedy solutions […]

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