News International has lost another key management figure with the
resignation last week of Toby Constantine, marketing director of Times
Newspapers, who has left to join his former colleague, Ellis Watson, in
establishing a new internet venture.
Watson and Constantine are to set up a company - understood to have
financial backing of around pounds 10 million from the City - to provide
e-services in the communications industry. The venture will supply
information and content for the internet, as well as personal
communications services. Neither Watson nor Constantine was available
for comment as Campaign went to press.
Constantine’s departure follows that of Watson, general manager of
CurrantBun.com, who quit NI last month. In July, Doug Flynn, managing
director of News International, also resigned to join Aegis Group as its
Camilla Rhodes, managing director of Times Newspapers, said: ’Toby has
made a tremendous contribution over the past few years to the growing
success of The Times and the market pre-eminence of The Sunday Times. He
has brought his own unique style and energy to the titles.’
Patrick Sheriff, deputy marketing director of Times Newspapers, has been
made acting marketing director in Constantine’s place.
NI is still seeking candidates for Watson’s previous role as marketing
director of The Sun and The News of the World, and the general manager’s
post at Currant-Bun.com is still vacant.
Constantine leaves NI after seven years. He joined as marketing manager
of News Group Newspapers in 1992, became marketing manager of Times
Newspapers in 1995, and was promoted to marketing director a year later.
Before joining News International he was an account manager at Allen
Brady & Marsh and the sales promotion agency, Option One.