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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.’.

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

Mazda brand.





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

satellite networks.





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

work.





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.