Bruce Tranter, marketing director of Bupa, has quit, sparking a
search for a replacement at the medical insurance company.
Although Bupa insists that Tranter, 49, decided to leave the role to
concentrate on ’special projects’, it admits the move could herald his
departure from the company ’in several months’.
Tranter’s sudden exit from the top marketing job comes only weeks after
managing director Val Gooding vehemently denied press reports that his
recent visits to several London agencies heralded a review of the health
insurer’s pounds 10m advertising account, which is currently held by
Ogilvy & Mather.
However, a Bupa spokesman denied that this had contributed to Tranter’s
departure from the company. ’Any thoughts of disagreements in that
respect are pure speculation,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Gooding has wasted no time in drafting in an ex-colleague,
former British Airways PR chief Peter Jones, who joined as head of
corporate communications in June, to caretake Tranter’s role.
Tranter has held the top marketing job since 1993. Prior to joining
Bupa, he was head of sales and marketing at Avis Car Rental and has also
worked at Gillette.
In May 1996, Bupa launched new advertising using the line ’You’re
amazing and we want you to stay that way’, which attempted to reposition
the company as a healthcare provider rather than merely a private
The move followed the arrival of new entrants into the market, such as
Virgin and Legal & General.
Tranter was unavailable for comment as Marketing went to press.
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