Two former Young & Rubicam employees awaiting trial for VAT fraud have been released on bail from a Brussels prison, where they have been held since their arrest last February (MW June 9). Marco Ippolito and Jean-Marie Sohet have been ordered not to leave Belgium. The two were arrested during a police investigation into a VAT fraud of BelFr63m (1.5m).
Andrew Cracknell denies industry speculation that he is joining Lintas as executive creative director for the UK and Europe…
…Lintas Germany has promoted managing director Uwe Lang to the position of chairman. He replaces Ingo Zuberbier who retires at the end of this year.
KHBB is believed to have appointed Keith Courtney as creative director. Before joining KHBB, Courtney was at Lowe Howard-Spink.
The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a Kimberly-Clark complaint against Procter & Gamble for unsubstantiated claims about its Pampers Baby Dry nappy ads (see also page 6).
EURO RSCG Wnek Gosper has set up Star Interactive to develop creative work for advertising on the Internet.
Hamburg agency Springer & Jacoby is believed to be completing a deal to take over Ayer Europe.
Bates Belgium has made general manager Christian Salez managing director. He takes over from Eric de Behr.
SJA Direct has bought a shareholding in Touch, formerly PPHN. SJA Direct is part of SJA Marketing Services. The two agencies will continue to operate separately under different names.
The United Bank of Kuwait has appointed Amherst Direct Marketing, following a four-way pitch.
Grey Integrated has won the launch account for book publisher Penguin UK, launching a new professional music database product.
Booth, Lockett, Makin has won the media-buying and creative account for the Vidal Sassoon Appliance. Ads for the range will air by the end of the year.
The Sage software account is up for review following reports of a dispute between Sage and its agency Yellow M.