Kevin Gaskell, former managing director of BMW GB, has moved to US
internet car site, CarsDirect.com, as its chief executive for Europe.
CarsDirect.com will launch in Europe later this year to rival web car
brands such as OneSwoop.com and carbusters.com.
Foster’s will be the title sponsor of the British Grand Prix for the
next ten years as part of a multi-million pound deal. The event, which
takes place this year on April 23 at Silverstone, will be called
Foster’s British Grand Prix. The deal is an extension of Foster’s
current five-year sponsorship agreement with Formula One, which has two
years left to run and is worth at least pounds 10m.
Cadbury Schweppes has restructured its management team, appointing John
Brock, formerly managing director of the company’s beverages business,
as chief operating officer. Todd Stitzer, president and chief executive
of Dr Pepper/7Up in the US, becomes chief strategy officer. Ian Johnson,
managing director of the confectionery division, is to leave after 17
years at the company.
Texaco has named James Hawn as managing director, manufacturing and
marketing for the UK. Hawn, currently vice-president of Texaco’s
manufacturing and marketing for Benelux, will relocate to the company’s
London headquarters. He succeeds Roger Ebert, who has taken on the role
of chief executive of Motiva Enterprises LLC, a US alliance between
Texaco, Shell and Saudi Aramco.
Unilever has created a new global cosmetics group, Unilever Cosmetics
International, which will incorporate Calvin Klein Cosmetics and a new
unit, Unilever Prestige, dedicated to the development of fragrance and
beauty brands. Paulanne Mancuso, currently chief executive of Calvin
Klein Cosmetics, will head the new company.
Hasbro Interactive, the video game publisher, has promoted Dominic Myers
to the post of international managing director. Myers, currently
Hasbro’s international marketing director, takes over from Tim
Christian, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.
Vauxhall has outsold Ford for the first time in two-and-a-half years,
according to this month’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders UK
registration figures. Vauxhall’s Corsa model took 4261 registrations,
the Astra achieved 3957 and the Vectra 2427, above the Ford Focus’ 3828,
Fiesta’s 3000 and Mondeo’s 2442. The last time Vauxhall topped Ford’s
sales figures was in July 1997.
Procter & Gamble has downgraded profit expectations for the second half
of the financial year. Profits will be down about 10% on last year due
to higher manufacturing costs and brand launches. P&G said sales will
grow between 7% and 8% for the same period.
Royal & Sun Alliance is talking to ad agencies about launching a
separate internet brand to sell its services online. Agencies including
TBWA GGT Simons Palmer and Fallon McElligott are thought to be pitching
for the task to launch the as-yet-unnamed service.
Open claims that it now reaches 2.6 million UK homes, making it the
world’s largest provider of interactive TV services. Open, which
launched in October, intends to double its broadcast capacity and retail
shops during 2000. Its e-mail service has registered 550,000 users.
Altodigital.com, a portal for businesses wanting to set up an e-commerce
site, has hired Walsh Trott Chick Smith to handle its launch
advertising. Altodigital will challenge Virgin.biz.net in the business
Waitrose, the regional supermarket chain, claims it will be the first UK
retailer to sell goods via WAP-enabled mobile phones, thanks to a deal
with specialist web portal, WapWorld. The retailer will initially focus
on offering ’distress purchase’ goods, such as chocolates, flowers and
tickets, extending the reach of the company’s recently launched online
gift delivery service, dubbed ’last moments’.
PSA Group-owned Peugeot and Citroen are reviewing their UK media for the
period 2001 to 2003. A pitch will be held as part of a three-year
statutory review, to include incumbent agency Initiative Media, which
has held the brands’ account for two-and-a-half years.