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Nick Kerr, a managing partner at TBWA GGT Simons Palmer, has resigned. Kerr, who handled the agency’s npower, Virgin Megastore and Oasis accounts, came to TBWA via the agency’s merger with GGT, where he was the deputy chairman.

Nick Kerr, a managing partner at TBWA GGT Simons Palmer, has

resigned. Kerr, who handled the agency’s npower, Virgin Megastore and

Oasis accounts, came to TBWA via the agency’s merger with GGT, where he

was the deputy chairman.





BMP DDB and BMP Solutions in Media have won the pounds 2 million Nikon

business after a three-way pitch against the incumbent Conquest and

Spirit. Nikon claims to be the fastest-growing digital camera brand,

declaring a 40 per cent rise in sales last year.





Jan Pester, the former planning director at FCB, has joined Grey as the

head of planning. She was appointed by the agency’s managing partner and

executive planning director Clare Rossi.





Honda has drawn up a shortlist of agencies to pitch for its southern

Europe advertising account covering France, Spain and Italy. The

incumbent, Client First, will pitch against Grey Paris, The Leith Agency

and an undeclared fourth agency.





Lowe Lintas & Partners has won the estimated pounds 6 million

advertising account for the online recruitment consultant

Coconutstreet.com. It is understood to have pitched against

McCann-Erickson and M&C Saatchi to win the business.





Zed Media, the joint venture between Zenith Media and DP&A, has won the

media planning and buying for Sage from WWAV Media. Rapier recently won

the creative account from WWAV Rapp Collins after a four-way pitch.





MediaCom TMB has been appointed to handle the media planning and buying

for the online travel company HolidayExpert.com. The new company, which

was founded by William Burton, a former sales director of Thomson

Holidays, plans to spend pounds 5 million on advertising this year.





Banc is expanding to include corporate identity and design and has

appointed David Palmer as the director of design. Palmer has worked at

Bartle Bogle Hegarty’s subsidiary Tango Design. where he was responsible

for Levi’s, RayBan and Coca-Cola.





Flutter.com, a new website that encourages cyber punters to challenge

one another with online bets, has awarded its pounds 2.5 million account

to Hooper Galton in preparation for a UK launch.





Conquest has picked up the pounds 1 million launch campaign for e-start,

a company that helps develop internet-based ideas into going concerns.

Media will be handled by MindShare for the coming national press

campaign, which will focus on the services offered by e-start.





A Cadbury-Schweppes franchise that sells cream cakes in British

supermarkets has hired Team Saatchi to produce an ad campaign. Signature

Foods, which won the licence to make Cadbury-branded cakes last July,

has until now co-ordinated its brand strategy through Cadbury’s PR

specialists Roland PR, a division of Saatchi & Saatchi.





Ogilvy & Mather has made seven new board appointments as it moves to

rejuvenate the board. The appointees come from all levels of the agency.

They include the head of traffic Terry Iddenden and Vicky Maguire, a

creative.





Channel 5 and Buena Vista have formed an alliance to promote the film

Scream 3. Channel 5’s website is to become the official host for Scream

3, which will lead to Channel 5 branding appearing across all of the

film’s trailers on terrestrial and satellite TV channels as well as

press, outdoor and internet advertising. In return Scream 3 will be the

sponsor of Channel 5’s Fright weekend on 29/30 April.





Team Saatchi has beaten Bartle Bogle Hegarty to the pounds 3 million

account of Europebynet.com, a website selling handcrafted Italian

furniture. The site will launch in the UK later this year.