30 September 2004

Volkswagen appoints sales chief

Volkswagen Group has promoted Georg Flandorfer to take control of sales and marketing for its core Volkswagen brand worldwide. As the Volkswagen brand board of management member responsible for sales and marketing, Flandorfer will report directly to Volkswagen Group chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder. Flandorfer, an Austrian, takes the position of Detlef Wittig, who moves to become […]

Masterfoods promotes cat food director to wider role

Masterfoods has promoted European marketing director for cat food Mark Johnson to head of the dry petfood division across Europe. It is understood that Johnson’s new job as business development director of dry petfood is part of a change in focus from regions to categories. The company has appointed another Masterfoods marketer, Bruce McColl, to […]

AA and HBOS joint venture under threat

The future of the Automobile Association’s (AA) joint venture with Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) is in doubt following a dramatic purge of senior management, who were all on the board of the jointly owned company. The joint venture provides car loans, sourced from HBOS, and these have been a significant income source for the […]

Halifax forced to ditch Extras current account after new FSA insurance rules

Halifax is being forced to withdraw its Extras current account by the end of the year because of a new Financial Services Authority (FSA) regulation, which is expected to increase red tape when selling general insurance. The company claims that once new regulations take effect from next year, the cost of providing the account, which […]

Mattel plans to trump Hasbro’s VideoNow

Barbie manufacturer Mattel is set to clash with rival Hasbro when it launches a children’s personal media player in the UK later this month. It will be Mattel’s first foray into the consumer electronics market. Called Juice Box, the media player will rival Hasbro’s VideoNow machine, which launched at the end of July. While VideoNow […]

Mattel plans to trump Hasbro’s VideoNow

Barbie manufacturer Mattel is set to clash with rival Hasbro when it launches a children’s personal media player in the UK later this month. It will be Mattel’s first foray into the consumer electronics market. Called Juice Box, the media player will rival Hasbro’s VideoNow machine, which launched at the end of July. While VideoNow […]

Northern Foods revamps marketing team

Northern Foods has a completed a review of its marketing team following the recent reorganisation of its business units into three divisions; ambient, frozen and chilled. The company, which makes branded and own-label food products, is retaining its three key marketing directors, Paul Reenan, Simon Smith and Gary Johnston, with the roles of Reenan and […]

Argos plans contents and car insurance

Argos is to begin selling car and household insurance in its stores for the first time as part of a revamp of its portfolio. The car insurance goes on sale at the beginning of October, and will offer cheaper rates to women drivers in particular. Policy benefits include a “like for like” courtesy car in […]

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