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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