DDB Worldwide has named James Best, the London group chairman, as
its global chief strategic officer. Michael Bray, the London-based
managing director of worldwide accounts, becomes president of
international brands. Both are new positions.
MediaVest has won the offline media planning and buying for Kitbag.com,
the online site selling sports shirts and kit. A pounds 3 million launch
campaign breaks later this year.
Dianne Canady, managing director of Publicis Dialog for the past 18
months, is understood to have left the agency to set up her own PR,
sponsorship and event organisation company. Chief executive John Wisbey
said he expects make an announcement on her replacement in the next few
Starcom Motive has been appointed by the online car-import service
OneSwoop.com to handle its UK media planning and buying account. The
company, which offers up to 40 per cent discount on UK prices and has
pounds 31 million worth of backing from international investors,
appointed the agency after an undisclosed pitch.
Scottish Courage is thought to have included St Luke’s, Fallon
McElligott and M&C Saatchi on its shortlist for the pounds 4 million
Black Star, the online video and DVD retailer, is looking for an agency
to handle its pounds 4 million account. It handed BBJ its media account
earlier this year.
Partners BDDH has appointed Nick Sykes as its first group development
director. Sykes will oversee the growth of the group, which includes the
agency, Msc, Partners Andrews Aldridge and Columns, a design agency.
Neil Quick has been promoted to replace Sykes as head of account
Sci-Fi, the cable and satellite channel, has appointed the strategic
media agency Rocket to work on its pounds 750,000 media account without
a pitch. Rocket has scooped the account from Carat which has handled the
business since September 1996.
Fallon McElligott has pulled out of the Bush Internet TV pitch, leaving
Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters and Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy to fight
it out for the pounds 10 million launch campaign due to kick off in
The Britannia building society has knocked the incumbent agency, BDH
TBWA, off its shortlist. Leo Burnett and Walsh Trott Chick Smith will
now go head to head for the account.
Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters has strengthened its management team with
four new appointments to the board. They are Tom Vick, account director
on Daewoo UK; Rachael Hushon, account director on Daewoo Europe; Alan
Tregoning, head of creative services; and Julie Annetts, the agency’s
John Ayling & Associates has won the pounds 1 million offline media
planning and buying account for music3w.com, an umbrella for the
official websites for a wide range of bands. Hamish Pringle, the former
vice-chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, is the site’s marketing
Capital Radio has signed a three-year deal to have its travel
information supplied by Metro Networks, adding eight million listeners
to Metro’s reach.
Conquest is understood to have picked up the advertising account for the
Singapore Tourist Board. The business was previously held by Court
Burkitt & Company. Conquest already holds the advertising account for
HHCL & Partners has hired Fenella Burns to be its communications
manager. She will manage the agency’s internal and external
communications. She joins from McDonald’s where she was the internal