Consumers are set to get their hands on the iPad 2 today and new research reveals that one in five men read their iPad in the bathroom and almost everybody uses it every day of the week.
Toyota has abolished the role of UK marketing director, following a review of its management structure. Marketing director John Thomson will take on a “new assignment” within the Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.
Simon Freedman has left his role as head of sponsorship at O2 after less than a year, to take up an executive sports marketing role at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
Virgin Media has recruited Jamie Heywood as its director of mobile, replacing Jonathan Kini, who has been made director of customer services. Heywood will report to Graeme Oxby, executive director of mobile and home phone at Virgin Media.
MediaCom has appointed Josh Krichefski as its chief operations officer for EMEA, a role previously held by the MediaCom UK chief executive, Karen Blackett. Krichefski, currently the global director of client development at Havas Digital, is set to join MediaCom in June.
MPG Media Contacts has made two new hires to its strategy team. Simon Bielby, previously client planning director at Mindshare, and Eva Powell, previously strategy director at Vizeum, have been hired as new strategy directors. They will report to Martyn Stokes, who has been promoted to head of communications strategy.
Jamie Pearson, business director at Starcom MediaVest’s, is leaving the Publicis Group agency after 15 years. He is understood to be leaving without a job to go to.
The bank has hired Wei Wei Zhao as managing director of its China investment banking team, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters . Zhao joins from Deutsche Bank AG and will be based in Hong Kong.
CHARLEMAGNE CAPITAL LTD
The asset manager said it appointed Huw Lloyd Jones to the board of the company as Finance director.
PANMURE GORDON & CO
The independent institutional stockbroker and investment bank said it hired Fred Walsh as a director .Walsh joins from Arden Partners. The company also hired Chris Smith, a specialist financial analyst. Smith joins the firm from Merchant Securities. Panmure Gordon has re-hired Philip Dorgan to its retail team, from Altium. The new hires, will join in early June .
JEFFERIES GROUP INC
The investment banker hired Alix Bernard as a managing director in European credit sales. She joins the firm from Liquid Capital Securities, where she was head of European credit sales.
The financial services provider appointed Brian Conroy as president of Fidelity Capital Markets. Conroy was formerly head of global equity trading for Fidelity Management & Research Company, a unit of Fidelity Investments.
HARRIS PRIVATE BANK
The bank appointed Kent Anderson to the position of senior private banker in the Naples, Florida Region. He most recently served at U.S. Trust in Naples.
ARBUTHNOT SECURITIES LTD
The investment banking arm of Arbuthnot Banking Group appointed James McIntyre as a director in closed-end fund sales.