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Nissan Motor (GB) has named Seiichi Mihara managing director, and has promoted David Archibald, formerly general manager, marketing, to director of marketing. Mihara oversaw the launch of Nissan’s Infiniti luxury car marque in the US.

Design company Coley Porter Bell’s managing director Helena Rees has resigned and will be replaced internally by Amanda Connolly. Meanwhile, parent company WPP is seeking a ‘heavyweight’ to join CPB in a senior capacity.

Peter Holmes, director of marketing at Kwik-Fit since 1987, has been promoted to managing director.

Thomson, the tour operator, is resuming its offer of holidays out of Belfast airport after many years’ absence. The tour operator’s initiative is the latest in a spate of announcements from businesses moving back to the province in the wake of peace talks.

Taylor Walker, the pub group with 500 outlets, has promoted marketing manager Peter Borg-Neal to marketing projects director. Matthew Brown will take over his role as marketing manager.

The Independent Television Commission has cleared an ad for Survival International, which was suspended pending investigation. Under the 1990 Broadcasting Act, political organisations cannot advertise on TV. The ITC has now ruled the organisation is non-political.

WH Smith has completed the shake-up of its marketing department with the appointment of ex-IMP board director Muriel Stirling as retail promotions manager and Woolworths format-development controller David Kohn as brand-development and space-planning manager.

Lever Brothers is adding a new Persil washing-up liquid variant, Citrus Burst, at the end of July. It is also reformulating Original and Lemon Fresh.Hoover comes out top in a survey carried out by Total Research of brand-quality perception of 173 household appliance manufacturers.

The Yorkshire Bank has put its 4m media buying and planning account up for review. TMD Carat is understood to have been shortlisted. The incumbent is Byrne Allen Media.


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