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Ben Langdon, the chief executive of Collett Dickenson Pearce, is understood to be on gardening leave as from the end of this week following his decision to resign and become the managing director of McCann-Erickson (Campaign, last week). Langdon will join McCanns on 24 June.

Ben Langdon, the chief executive of Collett Dickenson Pearce, is

understood to be on gardening leave as from the end of this week

following his decision to resign and become the managing director of

McCann-Erickson (Campaign, last week). Langdon will join McCanns on 24

June.



Fuller’s Beer has finalised the shortlist for the pounds 1.5 million

relaunch of its London Pride brand. The three agencies are thought to be

Leagas Delaney, Mellors Reay and Mitchell Pattison Aldred Mitchell.

Pitches are scheduled for next month.



Atlantic 252, the UK’s oldest national commercial radio station, is

reviewing its full-service account in a bid to attract more advertisers.

The creative account is currently handled by Manifesto, with media

planning and buying through MediaCom.



Leo Burnett has hired Clare Durward in the newly created role of

marketing director, with a brief to market Burnetts to existing and

potential clients. Durward comes from a TV background. Most recently,

she was the head of marketing at the television sales house, TSMS.



The Conquest group is reported to have picked up the pan-European

advertising for Nikon’s new camera, provisionally named the F5. Conquest

won the business against stiff competition from Foote Cone Belding and

Bozell Worldwide. The task could be the forerunner of a centralised

European advertising account for the Japanese camera-maker, which

currently puts most of its pounds 6 million spend through separate

agencies.



Tom Bury, the managing director of Ogilvy and Mather London, has been

appointed to O&M’s worldwide board. Charlotte Beers, the chairman and

chief executive of O&M Worldwide, said Bury had been added to the board

because of his ‘strategic thinking’ and ‘managerial savvy’. She added:

‘He has done a terrific job in pushing the London agency up to the

number three spot and his outstanding client service abilities - on Ford

and Guinness in particular - will be welcomed and valued’.



Foote Cone Belding has promoted two of its long-serving creatives, the

writer, Peter Cayless, and the art director, Brian Watson, to be joint

deputy creative directors. The appointments are intended to reduce the

workload on the creative directors, Alan Midgley and John Bacon, in the

wake of wins, including Tropicana.



The Health Education Authority has put the review for its Aids awareness

campaign on hold for another year. The pounds 2.5 million business will

remain with BMP DDB while the Government decides what it wants from Aids

awareness campaigns in the future.



BSkyB is considering a new deal with the Premier League by which the

satellite broadcaster would pay out a percentage of Sky Sports

subscriptions to the League in return for television rights. BSkyB is

hoping to come to an arrangement where it can use digital TV to show

every game in the League.



BBJ Media Services will partner Knight Leach Delaney on the pounds

500,000 DTI Business Link London account (Campaign, last week). The

brand provides an IT service that puts callers in touch with up-to-date

business information and advice.



MediaCom and Campbell Grey have scooped the pounds 1 million advertising

account for Lee Jeans in Ireland. The appointment is part of an

international realignment. Grey now handles the Lee business in 12

European countries.



CLT UK Radio’s third brand, Country 1035AM, is moving programming

operations in with its sister station, Talk Radio UK. The sales team

will also move into the same offices as the sales outfits of Talk Radio

and Atlantic 252.



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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).