Laura Ashley chief executive Ann Iverson has left the company and
been replaced by David Hoare, currently chief operating officer.
The government is to block Littlewoods’ acquisition of Sears’s Freemans
mail order business on the grounds that it would give Littlewoods and
Great Universal Stores over 80% of agency mail order sales between
Bausch & Lomb has appointed Bozell Worldwide to the pounds 32m global
account for its Vision Care contact lens division.
PepsiCo International has appointed Simon Calver to the position of
vice-president sales and distribution operations. John Maltman,
currently vice-president customer development for Europe and Sub-Saharan
Africa is replacing Calver as franchise vice-president UK/Ireland.
Jackie Kean, advertising manager at P&O Ferries is to join Amerada Gas
as its first ad manager next month.
TGI Friday has appointed Claire Price, formerly brand and marketing
manager for Bass Leisure Entertainment, as its new marketing
Pronto, the pub lottery game due to launch next week, is rethinking its
advertising in the light of a proposal by the government to outlaw quick
draw lotteries. The new campaign, which is unlikely to be ready in time
for the launch, will promote Pronto’s charity links.
The Direct Marketing Association has accepted four elements of the Royal
Mail’s Business Pricing programme. The two sides are still discussing
proposals on volume-related discounts and machine sorted mailings.
Walt Disney Consumer Products is recruiting a marketing director for the
UK to replace Mike Evans who leaves at the end of the year.
Taylor Nelson AGB is to merge with French market information firm Sofres
through the acquisiton of its parent company Financiere Sofres for
Safeway is aiming to improve its customer service by rewarding staff who
achieve high levels of customer care through its new employee
Loyalty scheme Smart is claiming a first by allowing cardholders to
collect points on the Internet. Up to seven points a week can be
collected by clicking on areas of associated firms’ Web sites including
Shell and UCI.
Sky Television has launched SkyDial, a new low-cost telephone service
aimed exclusively at its direct-to-home satellite subscribers.
Vodafone has announced major price reductions to its digital tariffs
sparking suggestions of a price war in the mobile phone industry. The
reductions undercut Orange and Cellnet which are both expected to cut