Graham Canter, Optimedia’s TV group head, has quit the agency to go
travelling. Canter, who left Optimedia last Thursday, intends to spend
between three months and a year travelling to Australia and the Far
East. The agency has yet to confirm his replacement. Canter, who handled
the SC Johnson and Woolwich accounts, plans to resume his media career
on his return. Optimedia has said that if there is a suitable position
available at that time, he will be welcome to apply.
TDI has hired Simon Hawkins as an account manager. Hawkins joins the
transport specialist from the Telegraph Group, where he was newspaper
agency executive. Before that he worked at the Mail on Sunday. In his
new role, Hawkins will handle the BMP and retail client accounts. He
will report to national sales director Clive Punter.
Carat has appointed David Yorath broadcast executive on its Diageo
account. Yorath joins Carat from Mediapolis, where he is currently
senior planner/buyer on the Pernod Ricard and Orange accounts. He takes
up his new position on 6 March. Diageo’s brands include Burger King,
Guinness, Haagen-Dazs and Smirnoff.
Zenith Media has recruited Andy Parr as strategic planner on its Halifax
and Muller Dairy accounts. Parr joins Zenith from Mediapolis, where he
was planner/buyer on the Our Price, Ericsson and Orange accounts. In his
new role he will report to Tap Chauhan, planning director.
Starlog, the science fiction magazine to be launched by Highbury House
subsidiary WV Publications on 30 March, has appointed Rachael Box as
advertisement manager. Paul Hishin has taken over her previous role as
advertisement manager on Computer Video. He was previously display
representative on the same title.
More Group has hired Will Ramage as a senior sales executive. Ramage
joins the outdoor specialist from the Telegraph Group, where he has
worked since 1995, most recently as an agency sales representative.
Before that he was in the Royal Navy. In his new role, Ramage will work
on the MediaCom TMB and BBJ Media Services accounts. He will report to
sales manager Sam Armour.
Media Contacts, the recruitment consultancy, has taken on Ross Nicholson
as a consultant in its specialist recruitment division, New Media
Contacts. Nicholson previously worked on a freelance basis as a business
development manager within the new-media market for companies including
Kirk Originals and PMA Creative.
Real Media UK has taken on three traffic managers. Paula Ledbury and
Glen Willis both join from Cable Advertising Sales Company, where they
were traffic managers. Michelle Sullivan moves from Trinity Mirror where
she was advertising traffic manager.
Financial website TheDeal.net has hired Michael Brown as account manager
of its affiliate marketing arm UKAffiliates.com. Brown joins the
new-media operation from VNU. He has previously worked at Haymarket
Publishing and The Mirror.