The marketing department of pet food firm Spillers is steeling
itself for the effects of a cost-cutting review instigated by new chief
executive Hugh Donaldson. Parent company Dalgety recently announced a
profits warning, and named pet foods as a problem area.
Tony Dwerryhouse, marketing director of John West, has retired after 23
years with parent company Unilever. There are no plans to replace him
and it is thought that Unilever is still keen to sell the company.
A Sainsbury’s ad campaign accusing Tesco of ’foul play’ over its
pricing, has run into trouble with local newspapers, which have refused
to run the ad. The Wolverhampton Express & Star and The Western Mail
have deemed the ads to be too provocative.
The Observer has drawn up a shortlist for its pounds 1m ad account. The
list includes the incumbent St Luke’s, BMP DDB, WCRS, Ogilvy & Mather
and Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.
AT&T is to merge its UK and European business divisions in a move
expected to create 250 sales and marketing jobs, many of which will be
based in London.
British Gas Trading has appointed Roy Gayton as its interim marketing
director. Gayton previously worked as a consultant with companies
including NatWest and Scholl.
Asda’s head of grocery marketing Joe Blundell is to join advertising and
product sampling agency Fast Marketing as general manager.
Guinness is to create 15 new marketing jobs in its off-trade division in
a restructure designed to put customer service at the core of its
The Independent Television Commission has rejected 82 complaints from
viewers about the number of ads run during ITV’s coverage of the Formula
Court Burkitt & Company has won the pounds 3m ad account for Video
Collection International, the company that releases videos such as
Riverdance and Les Miserables.
Haymarket Magazines has entered a partnership with German publishers
Motor-Presse Stuttgart which will see Motor-Presse’s monthly title
Complete Car incorporated into Haymarket’s weekly title Autocar from
Former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine has re-joined the board
of the Haymarket Group, publisher of Marketing. Heseltine founded the
group in 1957 and he took up the role of non-executive director last
Carlton Film Distributors has shortlisted CIA Medianetwork, New PHD,
Optimedia, Target Media, TMD Carat and Zenith Media for its pounds 2.5m