26 October 2006

AOL Europe chief leaves as restructure looms

President of AOL Europe and former marketer Karen Thomson is leaving the company following AOL UK’s sale to Carphone Warehouse. Thomson, formerly AOL’s chief executive and chairman in the UK, will be replaced by Carlo d’Asaro Biondo, currently chief executive of AOL France. Thomson has worked at AOL for 11 years, joining as UK marketing […]

Virgin Mobile launches Q Jump mobile ticketing

Virgin Mobile is launching a year-long mobile marketing campaign to link its brand to music. The Q Jump campaign will allow its customers to jump to the front of the queue at music gigs around the country using mobile ticketing. Advertising at participating venues will encourage Virgin Mobile customers to text the word Qjump to […]

WPP and IPG back campaign platform Spot Runner

WPP and Interpublic Group have both invested in Spot Runner, the online platform for television ad campaigns. US TV network CBS and a number of other companies and individuals were also involved in the $40m (£21m) funding round, including Lachlan Murdoch, a former senior executive at News Corp. Spot Runner lets companies create, plan and buy […]

Administrator moves into BenQ UK

BenQ Mobile UK has gone into administration just weeks after the company pulled the plug on its German operation. Managing director Philip Rambech (pictured), head of marketing Louise Forbes and 12 other staff are expected to be made redundant in the coming weeks. Administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has already axed 16 positions. In a statement, PWC […]

Heineken prepares for UK relaunch

Heineken, the global lager brand, is understood to be gearing up for a major relaunch in the UK next year. It is expected to take place in the first half of the year. It is thought to be at an early stage in the rebranding process, with no definitive strategy agreed as yet. The move […]

Mercedes picks UK marketing director

Mercedes Car Group has promoted long-serving marketer Ian Dutfield to marketing director to replace Nick Ratcliffe. It is thought Dutfield, who has been with the company for 21 years, starts his new role later this month. Dutfield was previously service support director in the customer services group and before that spent four years as product […]

Sony Ericsson appoints top marketer in reshuffle

Sony Ericsson has handed overall control of marketing to Dee Dutta, the global head of marketing, in a restructure following the departure of Jan Wareby. Dutta previously reported to Wareby, who was executive vice-president and head of sales and marketing. Wareby is moving to Sony Ericsson’s co-parent Ericsson as senior vice-president and head of the […]

Santander sponsors McLaren Mercedes F1

Santander, the Spanish financial services group that owns Abbey, has signed a five-year sponsorship deal with Formula One (F1) team McLaren Mercedes. The deal will see F1 world champion Fernando Alonso become an ambassador for the brand. The company hopes the deal will reflect its growing global presence and enhance its international image. F1 reaches […]

ITV relaunches sales operation

ITV Sales is relaunching as ITV Customer Relations, as the broadcaster shifts its focus from negotiations to planning. It is replacing its three external-facing sales teams with two new departments: an integrated planning team and a trading team, which will be split into two. The sales teams are currently headed by controllers Simon Orpin, Jeremy […]

Latest from Marketing Week