The Independent has lost two long-serving senior sales managers,
Greg Taswell and Jamie Wilson.
Adlink, the online sales house, has poached display ad manager Taswell
to be its sales director. He will take up his position on 4 July.
International and fashion manager Wilson has defected to the National
Magazine Company. He joins this week as international sales manager.
Taswell joined The Independent from The Guardian in 1988 as a financial
sales executive. He will take up a new position at Adlink overseeing
day-to-day sales activities on behalf of dotcom clients. He will develop
new business and formulate commercial strategy. The commercial side of
the business is currently headed by managing director Richard Holman,
who will be freed to grow the business in other areas.
Taswell will manage a sales team of eight and has a recruitment brief to
expand the team by 50 per cent by the end of the year. He claimed he is
moving for a stake in the digital future, not for money.
’With all that’s happening in the interactive arena, I thought this was
the right time to move into new media.’
Wilson started out in The Independent’s classified department seven
years ago and moved into display in 1995. At NatMags he will be
responsible for an international sales territory covering France,
Switzerland and Benelux.
The international territories were previously divided between head of
international sales Alex Riha and international sales manager Georgia
Wilson’s appointment will enable Riha to spend more time selling
multi-title packages to the likes of Philips and working on pan-European
deals for magazines such as Cosmopolitan.
Riha said: ’We needed another manager to cope with the huge growth in
international business. Travelling is time expensive and our global
sales force has increased from five to 18 in three years.’