RDW Advertising has appointed Andrew Langford account manager. He joined
the agency in December 1995 from InterCity East Coast, where he spent 18
months in the advertising department. RDW has also appointed Dennis
O’Neill as copywriter/art director. O’Neill joined the agency in January
1996, after spending the past five years working as a freelance in the
North-west. Before this, he spent nine years with leading agencies
including McCann-Erickson in Manchester, Ogilvy and Mather in Glasgow,
Poulters in Leeds and J. Walter Thompson in Manchester. Also joining the
agency is Sue Hindley. She has been appointed junior designer after
graduating from the University of Teeside in June 1995 with a BA in
graphic design. Her design experience includes work for ICI Tracerco in
Billingham, Artswork North in Newcastle, and the creation of the logo
for Youth 2000, an international youth conference held at the University
of Teesside in July 1995. During her course she had spent some time at
RDW on work experience.
Georgia Coles has been appointed international sales manager for the
National Magazine Company. She is currently account manager, global
advertising, for Reader’s Digest. Coles joined Reader’s Digest and
assumed this position in 1994. Before that, she was senior sales
executive with Media and Marketing Europe.
Bob Whittick has been appointed managing director of Protocol Edinburgh.
He left the media independent, Feather Brooksbank, last December where
he had been client services director. Whittick started his career with
Leo Burnett and subsequently BMP, before moving to the US for two-and-a-
half years where he worked for Doyle Dane Bernbach. On returning to the
UK, he joined McCann-Erickson London, later moving to McCann-Erickson
Manchester as media director. After five years with McCanns he joined
the Saatchi and Saatchi subsidiary, Hall Advertising, in Edinburgh, with
responsibility for media, planning and new business. Moving within the
Saatchi Group he became managing director of Hall Harrison Cowley in
Birmingham where he spent three years before returning to London to
spend two years as a consultant with Barker and Partners. In 1994 he
returned to Edinburgh to take up the post at Feather Brooksbank.
OPR, the Yorkshire-based public relations and marketing communications
consultancy, has recently appointed James Bates account manager. He
joins the agency from the Yorkshire Building Society, where he was
publications and media manager. Bates has almost ten years’ experience
in media relations and corporate communications, both in the US and the
UK. He will work on a range of the consultancy’s accounts as well as
assist in the development of new business.
Mark Holmes has been appointed marketing manager of Co-operative Funeral
Services, a division of United Norwest Co-operatives. Holmes was
previously a senior account handler with the Longcastle Group, the
Preston-based advertising, marketing and PR company, and has also worked
as marketing manager for the financial services division of the Halifax
Building Society, and for agencies in Manchester and London.
The Sellotape Company has appointed John Taylor marketing manager. He
has gained relevant marketing experience in the stationery and
children’s sectors with 3M Henkel, Arjo Wiggins and most recently,
The Reed Travel Group, the world’s largest supplier of travel
information, has appointed Laura Pitts its new global branding and
communications director. Pitts joins Reed Travel Group from Budget Rent-
a-Car’s US head office where she was director of international
marketing. Before that she was Budget’s director of marketing for
Europe, Africa and the Middle East based in the UK.
Videotron, the cable communications company, has appointed David Colley
managing director. Formerly the chief operating officer at Videotron,
Colley, 39, joined Videotron in August 1994 as director of networks. His
background is in project development with a career that spans 16 years,
including time spent at Unitel PCN Network and Marathon Oil. More
recently, he worked for Mercury One-2-One where he was responsible for
building and implementing the PCN Network.
David Murrell, chairman of KPMG’s European information, communications
and entertainment practice, has been appointed head of UK marketing at
KPMG. He succeeds Brian Bouttell, partner in charge of KPMG’s North-east
practice. Murrell joined KPMG in 1968 and became a partner in 1981.