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Diary: On the QT ..

Having just ended the hunt for a new chief executive with the appointment of Tim Lefroy, the Advertising Association must begin another.

This time, it's for a chairman to replace Mark Lund, the Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners chief executive. His new job, succeeding Alan Bishop as the COI chief, means he can no longer play a leading role in an industry lobbying body. Not that Lund will be worrying too much about this at present. He's currently celebrating his 50th birthday in India ...

Steve Harrison is miffed at being denied a full and frank exchange of views with Don Tapscott, when the digital guru spoke at the recent Institute of Direct Marketing lunch. The former Harrison Troughton Wunderman creative chief was dying to ask the author of Growing Up Digital: The Rise Of The Net Generation why "the average revenue per user for social media sites can be totted up in pennies whereas that for Sky TV can be measured in tens and hundreds of pounds". However, Tapscott, whose speaking fees start at $5,000, took just two pre-screened questions from the floor, much to Harrison's chagrin. "And this is the guy who's made his name as a proponent of open sourcing, co-creation and collaboration in all things," Harrison grumbled ...

The cat leapt spectacularly out of the bag at last week's Marketing Society dinner when the speaker, the Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose, was asked about the appointment of Dominic Fry as his new comms director. How on earth did anybody know about it since it had yet to be announced, Rose wanted to know. Because, his questioner replied, Fry had sent out an e-mail which was promptly read to the assembled guests ...

The Account Planning Group is launching a Young Talent award. It is asking students aged between 16 and 22 to create a brand from scratch that will excite people of their age. The APG chairman, Matt Willifer, admits: "We might all learn a thing or two along the way."

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