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DDB Worldwide has named James Best, the London group chairman, as its global chief strategic officer. Michael Bray, the London-based managing director of worldwide accounts, becomes president of international brands. Both are new positions.

DDB Worldwide has named James Best, the London group chairman, as

its global chief strategic officer. Michael Bray, the London-based

managing director of worldwide accounts, becomes president of

international brands. Both are new positions.





MediaVest has won the offline media planning and buying for Kitbag.com,

the online site selling sports shirts and kit. A pounds 3 million launch

campaign breaks later this year.





Dianne Canady, managing director of Publicis Dialog for the past 18

months, is understood to have left the agency to set up her own PR,

sponsorship and event organisation company. Chief executive John Wisbey

said he expects make an announcement on her replacement in the next few

days.





Starcom Motive has been appointed by the online car-import service

OneSwoop.com to handle its UK media planning and buying account. The

company, which offers up to 40 per cent discount on UK prices and has

pounds 31 million worth of backing from international investors,

appointed the agency after an undisclosed pitch.





Scottish Courage is thought to have included St Luke’s, Fallon

McElligott and M&C Saatchi on its shortlist for the pounds 4 million

Beck’s account.





Black Star, the online video and DVD retailer, is looking for an agency

to handle its pounds 4 million account. It handed BBJ its media account

earlier this year.





Partners BDDH has appointed Nick Sykes as its first group development

director. Sykes will oversee the growth of the group, which includes the

agency, Msc, Partners Andrews Aldridge and Columns, a design agency.

Neil Quick has been promoted to replace Sykes as head of account

management.





Sci-Fi, the cable and satellite channel, has appointed the strategic

media agency Rocket to work on its pounds 750,000 media account without

a pitch. Rocket has scooped the account from Carat which has handled the

business since September 1996.





Fallon McElligott has pulled out of the Bush Internet TV pitch, leaving

Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters and Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy to fight

it out for the pounds 10 million launch campaign due to kick off in

May.





The Britannia building society has knocked the incumbent agency, BDH

TBWA, off its shortlist. Leo Burnett and Walsh Trott Chick Smith will

now go head to head for the account.





Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters has strengthened its management team with

four new appointments to the board. They are Tom Vick, account director

on Daewoo UK; Rachael Hushon, account director on Daewoo Europe; Alan

Tregoning, head of creative services; and Julie Annetts, the agency’s

marketing director.





John Ayling & Associates has won the pounds 1 million offline media

planning and buying account for music3w.com, an umbrella for the

official websites for a wide range of bands. Hamish Pringle, the former

vice-chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, is the site’s marketing

director.





Capital Radio has signed a three-year deal to have its travel

information supplied by Metro Networks, adding eight million listeners

to Metro’s reach.





Conquest is understood to have picked up the advertising account for the

Singapore Tourist Board. The business was previously held by Court

Burkitt & Company. Conquest already holds the advertising account for

Singapore Airlines.





HHCL & Partners has hired Fenella Burns to be its communications

manager. She will manage the agency’s internal and external

communications. She joins from McDonald’s where she was the internal

communications manager.



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