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Tamara Ingram, joint chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi, is being lined up for a top management position looking after Procter & Gamble at Saatchi’s New York office. A Saatchi spokesperson said: ’There is no position for Tamara in New York at present and she has not been offered a job. We have a New York office and Tamara is a very serious player’

Tamara Ingram, joint chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi, is being

lined up for a top management position looking after Procter & Gamble at

Saatchi’s New York office. A Saatchi spokesperson said: ’There is no

position for Tamara in New York at present and she has not been offered

a job. We have a New York office and Tamara is a very serious

player’



Carlton Communications has bought the independent production company,

Planet 24, in a deal worth around pounds 15 million. Waheed Ali, one of

the partners at the company alongside Charlie Parsons and Bob Geldof,

will join the Carlton Television board as managing director of Carlton

Productions.



Simon Green, joint creative director at Partners BDDH, has signalled his

intention to pursue a career as a commercials director after his

contract runs out at the end of next year. He has already directed a

spot for Mercedes and says: ’I plan to melt myself into the position of

director’.



Kickers, the footwear brand owned by the Pentland Group, has taken its

advertising back in-house after just over a year working with Mother. A

new ’mega-site’ campaign will appear on the sides of landmark buildings

from the end of this month.



Airtours has drawn up a shortlist of agencies for its pounds 10 million

media account. Carat, MediaVest, Western International, Motive and

Zenith Media will all pitch for the account, which was previously held

by Media Principles, the media arm of Advertising Principles.



J. Walter Thompson has begun a search for a worldwide creative director

to replace Allen Thomas, who retires at the end of this year. The job

will be based at JWT’s Berkeley Square offices.



The Interpublic Group is seeking dollars 25 million in damages from the

former Lowe & Partners/SMS co-chairman, Marvin Sloves. He is accused of

breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. The accusations

revolve around the agency’s loss of the Mercedes-Benz account.



News International is adopting a ’wait and see’ stance over whether it

will introduce a rival to Associated Newspapers’ London freesheet,

Metro, which launches next Monday. Depending on Metro’s success, NI will

reassess whether there is a market for such a product.



Justine Southall, ad director for IPC’s fashion and beauty group, has

taken voluntary redundancy following January’s announcement that the

publisher would cut 200 jobs. Southall will leave the company at the end

of next month, with no job to go to.



Bradford & Bingley Building Society will launch a national TV campaign

this weekend to persuade members not to vote in favour of conversion to

a stock market listed company at next month’s annual meeting. The

advertising is the first to be produced by M&C Saatchi since the agency

picked up the pounds 15 million account last year.



Clare Formon, the former Mellors Reay marketing manager who joined Grey

as marketing director when the shops merged last year, is to become

marketing director of Freud Communications, the Abbott Mead Vickers

group PR subsidiary.



CampaignLive’s next live chat takes place this Friday at 4pm, when the

US web consultant and author of World Wide Web Marketing, Jim Sterne,

will be open to questions. These can be emailed in advance, or posed

live during the chat, on channel 4 of CampaignLive, at

www.campaignlive.com.



The inaugural Campaign Direct Awards take place on 12 April at the

Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Tickets cost pounds 105 a head

plus VAT and are available from Helen Thomas on 0171-413 1391.



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Digital marketing executives oversee the online marketing strategy for their organisation. They plan and execute digital (including email) marketing campaigns and design, maintain and supply content for the organisation's website(s).