July’s Movers and Shakers

Working in Business Development, it’s hard to keep track of all the changes and the latest Movers and Shakers so here is a summary of the latest company news and exciting new appointments that we recommend you keep an eye on:

Weetabix internally appointed Francesca Davies as Marketing Director earlier this month, succeeding Sally Abbott who moved up to board level as managing director.

The promotion comes as previous incumbent Abbott steps up to managing director, where she will oversee marketing strategies and the consumer-facing side of the business.

Davies, who has been with the company since 2008, promised evolution not revolution, stated that there is already a lot of positive momentum within the 85-year-old brand, and as a result, there won’t be any drastic change in strategy. It will continue to reach out through traditional mediums like TV, and numerous retail partnerships that help tell the brand’s story at the point of purchase.

Toy store Hamleys has appointed Ralph Cunningham as its new CEO. He replaces Gudjon Reynisson, who has been with the company for nine years. Reynisson will now step into a vice chairman position.

As the new CEO, he will oversee a period of expansion for the brand, which unveils a new store in Mumbai this week, taking its total number of sites to 110.

House of Fraser

House of Fraser has announced that Michelle Maynard will join the retailer as its new Chief People Officer.

She will report to the new chief executive Alex Williamson, expected to take the reins at the department store at the end of July, and will be responsible for overseeing HR functions and internal communications.

Edwin Blanchard has also joined as Digital Director. Edwin, who was previously at The Body Shop, has replaced David Seeby in the role.

Alex Williamson, the current boss of the Goodwood Estate, has been appointed as its new Chief Executive.

British heritage brand Hunter Boot Ltd has announced the appointment of Tamara Klien as Head of PR, effective immediately. Tamara joins Hunter from Starworks Group in London, where most recently she served as PR Director. Previously, Tamara was at Style.com as Global PR Manager and prior to that UK PR Manager for Hugo Boss. In her new role Tamara will lead Hunter’s global PR based in the London Headquarters, reporting into Brand Director, Ali Lowry.

FatFace has announced the appointment of Gabrielle Sims as the company’s new Head of Licensing.

The company said that she has worked across a number of big global entertainment properties and brands during her career in the licensing industry. She has held roles at Fluid World, The Licensing Company and, most recently, IMG where she was licensing director for three years.

Marius Lang has been appointed as Senior Director – Head of Marketing UK & Ireland at Lego, after Rebecca Snell was promoted to a European role.

Lang joined Lego in 2014 as director of marketing in the toy brand’s direct to consumer business, and was promoted to senior director in January 2016.

British kitchen supplier Howden Joinery has hired the boss of Kingfisher-owned DIY firm Screwfix Andrew Livingston as its new Chief Executive.

Mr Livingston will replace Howden’s founder and chief executive Matthew Ingle, who the company said would retire in the first half of next year after 22 years at the helm.

Gourmet burger chain Byron Hamburgers Ltd, which trades as Byron, has appointed Nick Young as its new Chief Operating Officer as it looks to get back to the top of the market.

Prudential plc announces the appointment of Mark FitzPatrick as Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Nic Nicandrou, who takes over as Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia.
Mr FitzPatrick  is currently a Managing Partner of Deloitte UK and a member of its executive committee.  He has 26 years of global industry experience, and his roles at Deloitte have included leading the CFO training programme and the insurance & investment management audit practice.

News UK has appointed David Robinson as Marketing Director of The Sun, following the exit of Rob Painter to Sky last month.

Robinson, aged 37, had previously been leading the marketing and sales around The Sun’s new paywalled Sun+ digital offering since the start of the year.

Chelsea Football Club has appointed Adam Field as its first Head of Global Fan Engagement as the West London club seeks to build on its success on the pitch to further establish itself as a major global football brand.

Catherine Johnstone, the former Chief Executive of Samaritans, has been appointed Chief Executive of the older people’s charity the Royal Voluntary Service.

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June’s Movers and Shakers

Working in Business Development, it’s hard to keep track of all the changes and the latest Movers and Shakers so here is a summary of the latest company news and exciting new appointments that we recommend you keep an eye on:

The UK alcohol industry’s social responsibility body Portman Group have appointed John Timothy as Chief Executive.

John joins the Portman Group at a time when drinks companies are strengthening their efforts to reduce alcohol-related harms, through robust self-regulation of alcohol marketing and with effective local partnerships that help create safe and vibrant night time economies.  Official statistics show notable declines in alcohol misuse in the last decade and the Portman Group’s members are committed to supporting this positive progress.

Former Superbreak UK and international sales director Jane Atkins is joining Shearings Leisure Group as Strategy Director.

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board

Liz Fay has been confirmed to lead PR in the UK.  Liz formally took on the role on 12th June 2017 and her immediate focus is to develop the UK PR and social media strategy to support the trade partners their efforts in generating awareness, desirability and demand for Saint Lucia.

The board has also appointed Patricia Charlery-Leon to lead its Operations in the UK. She replaces Atlyn Forde who left to join Travelport as regional head EMEA.

With a team of four, Charlery-Leon will work to grow visitor arrivals from the UK and Ireland and strengthen Saint Lucia’s trade and consumer relationships.

Money Advice Service

Charles Counsell is to be the new Chief Executive of the Money Advice Service. The appointment was made by the Financial Conduct Authority and approved by HM Treasury.

Charles is currently Executive Director and Board Member at The Pensions Regulator where he has played a key role in the successful introduction of automatic enrolment into workplace pensions. He succeeds Caroline Rookes who announced she would be stepping down as Chief Executive of the Money Advice Service in the Autumn.

Additionally, Mo Raja has been promoted from Lead SEO Manager to SEO & Digital Analytics Team Lead this month.

Thomas Merrington has been promoted to Creative Director at Penguin Ventures, charged with setting the creative direction for all Penguin Ventures brands.

Merrington joined Penguin Random House from Silvergate Media in January 2016 as Peter Rabbit brand manager and head of product development for Penguin Ventures which manages PRH’s portfolio of licensed literary brands and characters.

In his new role, he will be developing new style guides and assets to support licensees, retailers and partners. He will also be involved in identifying new brands to add to the Ventures portfolio, his focus developing the “live, theatrical and experiential” business “to ensure that the Ventures brands continue to reach new audiences”.

Volkswagen has hired Geraldine Ingham as Head of Marketing as the brand continues efforts to rebuild its reputation after the damage caused by 2015’s ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal.

She joins from Nissan France, where she marketing director and handled the roll out of a car sharing scheme.

Apparel retailer J.Crew Group Inc said on Monday that James Brett will succeed retail veteran Millard Drexler as Chief Executive Officer.

Brett, who has more than 25 years of retail experience, most recently served as President of specialty home furnishing company West Elm, a unit of Williams-Sonoma Inc (WSM.N).

Drexler, who is credited with making apparel retailer Gap Inc’s (GPS.N) a global brand, will continue in his role as the J.Crew’s chairman.

Outdoor clothing specialist Go Outdoors has appointed Maplin’s Claire Webb as its new chief financial officer.

At electronics retailer Maplin, Webb led the finance, legal and HR functions and oversaw the refinancing and sale of the business to Rutland Partners earlier this year.

POLPO have announced that Scott Macdonald will be joining the team as Managing Director. Scott joins POLPO from Bill’s Restaurants where he held the position of Managing Director for four years. Prior to this, Scott was F&B Director at Selfridges and has worked in the restaurant industry for over 25 years.

Sainsbury’s Argos has appointed Gary Kibble as its new Marketing Director, replacing Stephen Vowles, who left the business in December just months after it was acquired by Sainsbury’s.

Kibble will join the company in the next few months. He will report to Bertrand Bodson, chief digital and marketing officer and will be a member of the Sainsbury’s Argos management board.

AccorHotels has appointed Karelle Lamouche as Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing, Distribution & Revenue Management at HotelServices UK & Ireland. The role will also include taking responsibility for the loyalty programme – Le Club AccorHotels – as AccorHotels continues to increase its loyal customers.

Celebrity Cruises has brought in Cheapflights’ former global marketing lead, Sam Otter, as Director of Marketing and PR for the UK and Ireland.

Nissan has enlisted Nicolas Verneuil as its Marketing Director in the UK, where he will be responsible with handling the overall strategy in the region.

Guide Dogs

The UK charity has announced that it has appointed Tom Wright as its next Chief Executive.  He will join in September, having been group chief executive of Age UK and its sister charity Age International for nearly nine years.

Guide Dogs has also appointed Steve Vaid as its Director of Mobility Services and Deputy Chief Executive. He joins the charity from Action for Blind people, where he has been director of operations since 2010.

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May’s Movers and Shakers

Working in Business Development, it’s hard to keep track of all the changes and the latest Movers and Shakers so here is a summary of the latest company news and exciting new appointments that we recommend you keep an eye on:

Ian Gandy has joined at Travelers as their new Head of Digital. Previously, Gandy was working as Head of Digital with Esure.

BT British Telecom has recently appointed Andrew Stears as Digital Product Owner, from his previous role at Stagecoach Group.

Burberry named Judy Collinson their new Chief Merchandising Office. Collinson was formerly at Christian Dior in the U.S. and at Barneys New York.

The British luxury fashion designer and retailer has also hired former Unilever chief information officer (CIO) Mark McClennon to be its Global CIO.

Anthony Newman, director of brand, marketing and communications at Cancer Research UK, has recently left the charity after a 17-year stint to become Global Brand Director for Sea Life.

He begins his new job with the Merlin Entertainments business at the end of May, replacing the outgoing Dominic Warne.

WaterAid UK has recently announced that Tim Wainwright will become its new Chief Executive, to take over from Barbara Frost following her retirement in May.

British Cycling announced that the sports governing body has appointed Julie Harrington, currently the Football Association’s group operations director, as British Cycling’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Phase Eight has poached Jigsaw’s online trading and digital marketing boss James Williams. Williams will become Director of Marketing and Online Trading at the Foschini Group-owned retailer. His remit will be to accelerate online growth and ensure customer experience is consistent across the brand.

Former Jaeger trading director Gwynn Milligan has joined maternity and kidswear brand Jojo Maman Bébé as Commercial Director to help drive the business.

Pete Markey has left Aviva after just one year to become Marketing Director at TSB Bank. Markey will play a key role in maintaining this momentum if it wants to continue to disrupt the major high street banks.

British fashion brand Jack Wills has appointed Mike Doyle as their Financial Chief as well as promoted Mark Wright to the new role of Multi-Channel Director.

Sally Abbott has been promoted from Global Marketing Director to Managing Director for food processing company Weetabix.

Elise Hamer has been appointed Global PR Manager at Clarks. Previously at Aquascutum, Elise is based in the London offices and reports into Amsterdam-based Esther Lopez Riva, Head of Global Communications & PR.

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has appointed Jeff Howarth as its new Group Marketing Director.

Edelman announced that Kate Hawker is joining the firm as Managing Director of its UK Healthcare team.

Formerly Healthcare Chair at Burson-Marsteller, Kate tripled the size of its healthcare business and spearheaded a successful team, winning and running significant global assignments.

HSS Hire has appointed Steve Ashmore as Chief Executive. He will take the reins on 1 June 2017.

Ashmore, who has previously held senior posts at supply chain company Exel and heating firm Wolseley, will replace John Gill as boss of the tool rental firm.

Moët Hennessy has appointed a new Managing Director for its UK operations as current head of the London office, Jo Thornton, gets promoted to a position in the US.

Taking over from Thornton on 1 July 2017 will be Bertrand Steip, who is currently international director for Maisons Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon and Mercier, based in France.

Byron Hamburgers has appointed Wagamama marketer Simon Cope as its new Managing Director.

Cope will join Byron in July and sit on its executive board, focusing on marketing, food development and property.

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April’s Movers and Shakers

Working in Business Development, it’s hard to keep track of all the changes and the latest Movers and Shakers so here is a summary of the latest company news and exciting new appointments that we recommend you keep an eye on:

Hearst Magazines UK, the publisher of ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and Harper’s Bazaar, has appointed Anne-Marie Curtis as Editor-in-Chief of ELLE.

The magazine has also announced the appointment of James Wildman as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Fiona Ross recently resigned as Managing Director of plus-size womenswear retailer Evans, and will be replaced by Anne Secunda, who will also continue in her current role as Managing Director of Evans’ Arcadia Group stablemate, Wallis.

Elizabeth Arnett is leaving her role as head of corporate affairs at Irish Water to join Ulster Bank in as Head of Corporate Affairs & Communications.

Diageo has snapped up Carat’s global digital director Jerry Daykin to become its first Head of Digital Media Partnerships, a role that will call on his former ties to FMCG business Mondelez International.

Andrew Crawley, current Chief Executive of IAG Cargo, is to become Chief Executive of Avios Group Ltd, with immediate effect. Andrew sits on the IAG management committee, reporting directly into its Chief Executive Willie Walsh.

Design Council’s Chair and Trustees have welcomed Sarah Weir OBE as its new Chief Executive.

Sarah will take Design Council into an exciting new phase, building on its current success and developing new programmes and services.

Lisa Henderson has been appointed Head of Marketing at Manchester Arndale, bringing experience gained from marketing numerous global fashion brands.

Online home shopping group Findel has announced the appointment of Phil Maudsley as Chief Executive with immediate effect.

POKE

POKE has promoted Tom Bayliss, its head of client services, to the role of Managing Director, and named Christina Marks, a business leader on some of the agency’s key accounts, as the new Head of Client Services, replacing Bayliss.

Bayliss will take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the agency, and will oversee continued growth of the business, continuing to work with Nick Farnhill, co-founder & CEO of POKE and recently appointed CEO of Publicis London, to focus on the integrated growth and strategic positioning for both businesses, which remain separate entities within Publicis UK.

French Connection has appointed Maryam Farrahi as PR Manager. Maryam was previously Global Press Officer at Cath Kidston.

Neal’s Yard Remedies has promoted Jessica French from PR & Social Media Coordinator to Social Media Manager.

Excalibur

Business owner and former CEO James Phipps takes the Executive Chairman position at leading Vodafone B2B dealer, while former Vodafone commercial marketing director for enterprise Peter Boucher has been appointed as the new CEO.

British contemporary fashion brand Whistles has announced the appointment of Sadie Watts as Global Head of PR. Sadie was most recently Communications Director at Tommy Hilfiger and formerly Head of UK PR at Paul Smith. Sadie can be contacted for interview requests with CEO Jane Shepherdson as well as brand enquiries.

WiggleCRC has appointed Will Kernan to lead the recently merged online retailer of cycling and tri sports equipment as Group CEO. He succeeds Stefan Barden as Chief Executive.

Yo! Sushi has appointed former BA marketer and BBH Sport executive Luisa Fernandez to run the Japanese restaurant chain’s marketing department as Marketing Director.

Tesco Mobile have reshuffled at the very top of the company with Chief Executive Anthony Vollmer replaced by Claire Lorains. Lorains will start her new role on 2 May 2017.

Asthma UK has appointed Graham Kelly as its new Director of Fundraising, effective as of 24th April.

Wasserman has appointed Jade Garrow Newport as a Business Director to its experience division. The former Head of Marketing at Miss Selfridge, part of Arcadia Group, will focus on nurturing senior client relationships with a specific focus on the agency’s Bacardi account.

L.K.Bennett has appointed Jess Beck as Senior Marketing Manager. Jess was previously Senior Marketing and Events Manager at notonthehighstreet.com.

Wagamama has appointed Jane Holbrook and the brands new Cheif Executive of the pan-Asian restaurant chain. The former Flair exec will be joining the Richmond based business on Aril 24th.

Bandai UK has named Nic Aldridge its new General Manager.

Meanwhile, Clive Smith will be stepping into the role of Managing Director while Tess Parsons-Broome has recently been promoted to the new position of Marketing Manager.

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February’s Movers and Shakers

Working in Business Development, it’s hard to keep track of all the changes and the latest Movers and Shakers so here is a summary of the latest company news and exciting new appointments that we recommend you keep an eye on:

Co-op Group

The Co-op Group announced this month that Richard Pennycook is to step down as Group CEO and will be succeeded by Steve Murrells, currently CEO of the Co-op’s food business.

This announcement is part of transition arrangements for the Group as it prepares to move from the successful Rebuild phase of its turnaround to the Renewal phase.

Net-A-Porter has announced the appointment of new Global Marketing and Communications Director Dana Gers.

Gers joins the online fashion group from a six-year stint as senior vice president of global marketing at Jimmy Choo.

She will start the newly created position in mid-April and lead Net-A-Porter’s brand communication strategy, ensuring customer acquisition and retention, as well as driving sales.

Liverpool FC’s commercial director, Billy Hogan, has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director as the club’s chief executive, Ian Ayre, will leave at the end of the month.

Hogan’s additional duties as managing director will now see him take up the responsibility for the management of the club’s marketing and digital media departments.

Additionally, Michael Edwards has been promoted into one of the most powerful roles at Liverpool Football Club – the newly-created position of Sporting Director.

Ghada Idrissi joins Inmarsat as Market and Competitor Strategy Manager. He will be responsible for developing and disseminating global government user demand trends, global market data, and relevant competitors to define Inmarsat’s strategy.

Ogilvy PR London announces the appointment of Anna Burns as Head of New Business and Marketing.

Georgina Lewis has been named as the new Head of Marketing at the Football Association (FA), the governing body of English soccer. Lewis will assume the role full-time on 27th February.

Peugeot UK

Kerry Livesey has been appointed PR Manager. Reporting to James Parfett, who took over as Head of Communications for PEUGEOT in January 2017, Kerry has over three years of experience within the PSA Group, having started as a graduate trainee in 2013.

James Parfett will assume the role of Head of Communications, the brand recently announced.

Jill Easterbrook, the former top marketer and chief transformation officer at Tesco, has joined clothing brand Boden as Chief Executive.

Dara McMahon, who heads up the NewBrands Ireland representative body for national and regional newspapers, has been appointed as Aer Lingus Marketing Manager.

UNICEF UK promoted Isobel Dumont to Head of Direct Marketing this month, from Director Marketing Manager – Acquisition. In addition, Louise Lane was promoted to Director of Fundraising Strategy & Knowledge.

Christos Angelides will become Chief Executive Officer of U.K. fashion chain Reiss Ltd., spurning an offer to run Marks & Spencer Group Plc’s struggling clothing division.

Angelides, 53, will succeed the retailer’s 73-year-old founder David Reiss. The move is part of a “planned succession,” Reiss said Monday.

Mamas & Papas has hired Neil Sumner to lead its ecommerce and marketing teams as well as oversee the maternity and nursery chain’s digital strategy as Global Digital Director.

Visa

Eleanor Orebi Gann has been appointed as the new Director – Collaboration, working within the Visa Innovation and Strategic Partnerships team, Eleanor leads design-thinking engagement and workshops with Visa clients to create new commerce and payment solutions.

John Roberts, the man who founded online electrical retailer AO World after a bet in a pub, has announced he is stepping down as chief executive after 17 years with the company.

The AO World Founder will retain a new role on the board- as Founder, Executive Director – and will be succeeded as Chief Executive by Steve Caunce, currently chief operating officer.

Phil Lynch has joined Manchester United as the Chief Executive Officer of Media, where he will be responsible for overseeing the club’s digital media strategy, as well as the management and operations of MUTV (including the new MUTV app, available in 165 countries around the world), the creation and editorial oversight of the club’s official match day programme and monthly magazines, as well as the club’s digital media partnerships and direct-to-consumer products.

The wildlife charity WWF-UK has appointed former Save the Children fundraising director Tanya Steele as its new Chief Executive, replacing David Nussbaum, who is leaving after nine and a half years.

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Straight Talking: The Importance of a Joined-Up Approach to Business Development, Marketing and Communications

All businesses main objectives should be to build their reputation, increase positive awareness and win new work from existing and prospective clients. But too many creative agencies are limiting their growth potential by not aligning sales and marketing activity.

On the 9th March we will be hosting the next event in our exclusive breakfast series Straight Talking, where we’ll look at what it takes to achieve an integrated approach and how this approach can impact agency growth, standout, confidence and morale.

Often operating in silos across internal teams or agency partners, we will be discussing why and how agencies should merge Business Development with their marketing and communications teams in order to grow and operate more effectively and efficiently.

We will be joined by leading agencies Tonic, Digital Radish and e3, who will be providing their insights on how you can use content, marketing and PR to drive business development effectively.

The team at Tonic help creative agencies achieve their business vision by overcoming the common barriers to success across the key areas of Efficiency, Profitability and Growth. They will be discussing how agencies can join up New Business and Marketing through positioning and communications ,and how strong leadership and values embedded into company culture can have a massive impact to your business, supporting their insights with case study evidence.

Digital Radish will take to the stage in order to bring in their strategic, data driven approach to content marketing.  They will illustrate how they use content and thought leadership to drive lead generation and crack new markets, bringing this to life through a showcase of their work with Unity.

e3, is one of the UK’s most awarded independent digital agencies. Founded in 1997, they are renowned for their work for brands including The Royal Navy, National Trust, Arthritis Research UK, BP and Orange. Business Director, Miranda Glover will bring together the morning session to showcase how they have brought Biz Dev, Marketing and Communications together using content marketing, PR and events to win their global client base and maximise their growth potential.

This will truly be an event for all agencies – click here to join us.

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Business Development Benchmarking Report 2017

With over 25,000 agencies in the UK, the competition is fierce and the pressure is on business development to deliver. To keep ahead, you always need to be on the lookout for new ways to improve.

For even the most successful Business Developers it’s hard to know if you’ve got it quite right – which is why Upstream surveyed top UK agencies to find out how they go about their prospecting and pitching, to bring you our Biz Dev Benchmarking Report 2017.

Prospecting can be a painful process, so it’s no surprise our survey found that 25% of agencies outsource their prospecting. The Biz Dev Benchmarking Report will lay out what companies are doing, and how big and small agencies go about their prospecting. It might surprise you to find that over half of agencies who outsource their prospecting have a turnover under £5million.

No matter how successful you’ve been generating leads and opportunities, you absolutely have to deliver in the pitch to ensure Business Development success. A study by The Drum found that clients underestimate agency pitch costs by 41% with very few expecting the client to have to pay for this; find out in the Biz Dev Benchmarking Report how agencies are dealing with this…

The report also delves into how some agencies are standing out with innovative prospecting, creative approaches to pitches and strategic investments in the process.

You can download the full report here. Or for a quick summary, take a look at our infographic below…

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December’s Movers and Shakers

Working in Business Development, it’s hard to keep track of all the changes and the latest Movers and Shakers so here is a summary of the latest company news and exciting new appointments that we recommend you keep an eye on:

Asda has re-shaped its customer and marketing teams as the grocer ramps up efforts to reconnect to its core shopper base.

The Walmart-owned supermarket chain has poached the Co-op’s customer data director Andrew Mann to take on the role of Vice President of Insight, Pricing and Digital CRM.

Mann, who previously spent four-and-a-half years as Clubcard director at Tesco before taking on the role of director of insight and loyalty at Sainsbury’s, will spearhead a push to transform the retailer into a data driven business.

He will be charged with leading a more customer-centric pricing and promotions plan and will also be responsible for developing a more strategic approach to CRM.

Byron Burger

Former Morrisons supermarket boss Dalton Philips has been appointed as the new Non-Executive Chairman, while former KPMG executive Andrew Manders has been hired as the new Chief Executive following the move.

This comes following the news of Tom Byng, the founder of upmarket burger chain Byron, to leave the business in early 2017.

Costa has appointed former senior Cadbury marketer Sarah Barron as Chief Marketing Officer. In the role she will be responsible for global marketing and brand strategy, leading the development of global innovation, the digital customer experience, and new store formats and design.

Scott Chapman has been named as UK Managing Director of Egencia, replacing Graham Kingsmill, who is now vice president of Europe at Egencia.

Chapman will oversee the strategic leadership of all commercial aspects at the business travel arm of Expedia in the UK. His focus will be predominantly leading the team to drive sales and revenue performance, according to the company.

The LEGO Group has announced that Bali Padda, current Chief Operations Officer, is appointed CEO of the company as of January 1, 2017.

Bali Padda takes over from Jørgen Vig Knudstorp who will head up the new entity LEGO Brand Group.

Matalan has appointed Simon Lee as its new Marketing Director, poaching him from his role as executive director and head of marketing at US-based fashion retailer Anthropologie.

The appointment comes as Matalan opened the doors to its first Homestore in its Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, which sells the brand’s furniture items and other homeware products in a physical store format for the first time.

Molson Coors Brewing Company

The brewer recently launched a premium beer and cider range under a Brew + Press brand, which was developed by drinks experts earlier this year and aims to better educate beer and cider drinkers.

This month, Molson Coors has promoted its former European chief supply chain officer Phil Whitehead to Managing Director of its UK and Ireland businesses. The announcement forms part of the brewer’s continued efforts to better support its customers.

In addition, Alpesh Mistry, former customer marketing director, has been appointed Off-Trade Sales Director.  

Spotify has poached Marco Bertozzi, global chief revenue officer at Publicis Groupe’s Performics division, to be Vice-President, Europe, and Head of Sales in the region.

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November’s Marketing Movers and Shakers

Working in Business Development, it’s hard to keep track of all the changes and the latest Movers and Shakers so here here is a summary of the latest Movers and Shakers, company news and exciting new appointments in October we recommend that you should keep an eye on:

Vice Media

After doubling its headcount in 2016 and launching its first TV channel Viceland, the youth media company has recently appointed Mimi Turner as their Senior VP of Strategy.

The former Marketing Director at TheLadBible Group announced in a tweet last October that she will be moving on to new things. Her move is the latest in a string of departures following the changes brought by new COO Adam Clyne (ex-Weber Shandwick).

News UK

News UK’s Managing Director, David Robinson moved up the ranks leading its Customer Engagement, Customer Retention, Marketing and Sales and Betting and Gaming divisions of The Sun.

BT

Earlier this year, BT promised to overhaul the governance of its broadband infrastructure Openreach. Following the announcement, BT appointed two directors to its Corporate Affairs team:

  • Ed Petters – Group Corporate Affairs Director. Ed replaces Michael Prescott and brings a wealth of experience gained from leading the Corporate Communications division of Lloyd’s Banking Group in the last 5 years.
  • Catherine CollomsDirector of Corporate Affairs. Catherine’s experience comes from leading The Brunswick Group and Paddy Power’s Corporate Affairs division.

National History Museum

The Museum has long been heralded for the large audience capacity of the Hintze Hall and with this closing for redevelopment from January – August 2017, is focusing on its smaller spaces for award gatherings, standing receptions and intriguing dining experiences. Its venue hire team is growing with the appointment of:

  • Robert Whetherell – Head of Venue Hire. His 17 years of experience working for other venues in London will help oversee the sales and operations team as well as the development of spaces for evening event opportunities, daytime conferences and whole venue takeovers for filming and events.
  • Vicky Moran – Events Executive. Having previously worked at London Symphony Orchestra in London, Vicky will assist with the growth and development of client accounts, new events enquiries and maintaining relationships with the esteemed roster of clients.

MSC Cruises

MSC cruises is entering a period of exceptional growth and looks to develop its long-term vision for the UK & Ireland travel trade. For this occasion the Mediterranean cruise company has appointed:

  • Steve WilliamsDirector of Sales. Prior to this, Steve led the UK & Ireland Sales division of Royal Caribbean after his experience working for TUI Group.
  • Andrea StaffordHead of Retail. The newly created role will include managing the new Regional Sales Manager team and developing the Multiple and Consortia relationships for MSC cruises in the UK. Andrea is perfectly suited for the role having previously worked in the Sales division of Thomas Cook, Royal Caribbean and TUI.

Diageo

Diageo’s marketing spend may have lowered to achieve better returns, yet the FMCG giant has just released 360 VR experience to encourage drivers to think twice before drunk driving. The digital move is supported by two new appointments:

  • Isabel Massey – Global Digital Marketing Director. She was previously running Diageo’s media planning as Head of Media & Futures.
  • Syl Saller – Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer. The award-winning marketer led Diageo’s marketing team since 1999. She is also a non-executive director at Domino’s Pizza Group.

Premier foods

Following the reveal of the new packaging for its Asian cuisine brand Sharwoods, and plans of offering “Bachelors Super Noodles in a pot”, Premier Foods has appointed two brand managers:

  • Amy Heap will look after Mr Kipling’s brand. Amy’s FMCG experience was acquired working for Johnson & Johnson and most recently Cadbury’s.
  • Jahangir Khan will manage Sharwood’s brand. Jahangir previously held the position of Brand Manager at Indo European Food.
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