NatWest insisted this week that TBWA GGT Simons Palmer remains its
agency of record despite a new pounds 5 million-plus TV campaign by M&C
Saatchi relaunching it as a Royal Bank of Scotland subsidiary. Ian
Schoolar, NatWest’s head of brand communications, said: ’This is a
specific project and we will review the situation in due course.’.
Mazda Cars UK has extended its relationship with WPP by handing
OgilvyOne a slice of its below-the-line business. The company already
works with the WPP subsidiary ROCQM, which will now work with OgilvyOne
on strategic planning, consulting and interactive communications for the
David Wood, the Bates UK board director responsible for the pounds 38
million Royal Mail business (the agency’s biggest account) is quitting
after ten years to join the domain registration dotcom Netbenefit as
group marketing director. Toby Hoare, the Bates group chief executive,
said his replacement had been found.
The Economist Group has appointed branding and design consultant
MetaLondon to oversee the first redesign of The Economist in over a
decade. The group is also launching its first TV brand extension, E
Vision for the Economist. The half-hour programme will be broadcast on
United Airlines flights with plans to roll it out to terrestrial and
Gallaher has appointed CDP to launch a new range of Cuban cigars. The
pounds 4 million Sobranie Cuban account went to CDP following a pitch
against fellow roster agency M&C Saatchi.
Grey has promoted Steve Richards to deputy managing director. Richards
will work alongside chief executive officer Martin Smith, chief creative
officer Tim Mellors, executive planning director Clare Rossi and
executive vice-president Chris King. Richards joined Grey in 1997.
Rocket’s media manager, Andy Griffin, is leaving the agency to become
media manager across all channels and websites at BSkyB.
SMG has poached Mark Douglas Home, the editor of The Sunday Times
Scotland, to become the new editor of The Herald. He replaces Harry
Reid, who announced his retirement at the beginning of May.
CDP has expanded its agency board with the appointment of three new
members. Glyn Allanson, strategic planning director, Laura McElwain,
new-business director, and Dave Weygang, head of creative services, will
assume responsibilities with immediate effect.
Steve Herrick, one of the pioneers of motorsport sponsorship, has died
after a heart attack. As chairman of CSS, the event marketing group, he
negotiated the first Japanese involvement with Grand Prix racing with
Canon’s sponsorship of the Williams team and was involved in the
commercial management of the England football and rugby teams.
Roose & Partners has appointed the senior Young & Rubicam typographer
Harry Turner as its creative studio head, in charge of all agency print
The Publicis-owned Hal Riney agency in Chicago has won the dollars 200
million account of OfficeMax, the fast-growing office furniture and
equipment retailer with 970 stores throughout the US.
The National Magazine Company’s parenting title Good Housekeeping Having
A Baby goes monthly for the first time with its August issue. The
magazine also has a new editor, Sarah Wilson.
The Billett Consultancy, the media auditing company, is rumoured to be
in talks with rival Barsby Rowe about a formal alliance which could
rival the market leader, Media Audits.