The variety of online domain names is set to explode following today’s landmark decision by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) to allow web address names to end with almost any word in any language, including a branded suffix.
At a special meeting, Icann’s board approved the plan to dramatically increase the number of internet domain name endings – called generic top-level domains (gTLDs).
New suffixes, beyond the current 22 such as “.com”, “.org” and “.net”, will start appearing in 2012 and could be categorised by brand, ethnicity and geography.
Morrisons has poached Arla Foods’ top marketer, as the supermarket aims to boost sales of its own-brand products.
Danny Micklethwaite, vice-president of marketing at Arla, has left the dairy company to take up the newly created role of head of development at Morrisons.
Virgin Media has appointed Michael Payne, currently 1-2-1 marketing director at the retail division of Lloyds Banking Group, to the new role of director of strategic customer insights and 1-2-1 marketing.
In the new role Payne will be responsible for linking customer information to relevant marketing campaigns and using data to identify future marketing opportunities and customer targeting criteria.
JCDecaux, the outdoor media owner, has appointed Absolute Radio’s advertising director Paul Carolan to the new role of commercial director, as part of a new wave of appointments and promotions.
Stacey Knight, currently group head of sales at the Fox-owned men’s lifestyle website IGN, has been appointed to the position of head of digital at JCDecaux, while group business director David Lambert has been promoted to director of agency and specialist sales.
Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), the publisher of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror, has promoted head of strategic sales Yvon Nolle to the new role of head of newspapers, as part of a rejig of its commercial offering.
Nolle joined MGN in 2008, in the role of head of strategic sales. He had previously spent eight years at News International, where he was head of retail advertising.
The investment services firm appointed Larry (Qing) Chen as head of China. Chen was most recently country executive and general manager for Bank of New York Mellon’s Beijing branch.
HSBC PRIVATE BANK
The private banking unit of HSBC appointed Adam Brownlee as a director on the high net worth team, with effect from July 26. Brownlee joins from Credit Suisse.
The asset management company appointed Bob Jolly to its fixed income team as head of global macro based in London. Jolly joins from UBS Global Asset Management where he was head of global sovereign, currency and UK fixed income portfolio management.
UNICREDIT CORPORATE & INVESTMENT BANKING
The bank appointed Kai Preugschat as managing director international origination – structured trade & export finance, effective July 1. Previously, Preugschat was co-head of the underwriting and risk management division at German export credit agency Euler Hermes.
The human resource consulting and outsourcing business of Aon Corp appointed John Harrison to its UK investment team as a principal consultant. Harrison will also be retaining his role as an independent investment advisor to the Devon County Council Pension.
The broker-dealer appointed Benita Levy as co-head of the Chicago office. Most recently, Levy was a senior vice-president at FTN Financial Capital Markets.
SCOTTISH WIDOWS INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP
The unit of Lloyds Banking Group said it appointed Michael Lee as head of Consultant Relationships within its institutional sales team. Lee, who will be based in London, joins from BlackRock where he was a global consultant relationship director.
AVIVA NORTH AMERICA
The Aviva PLC unit named Saskia Goedhart as chief risk officer for the North America region. Goedhart is joining from Munich Re Life, North America.
NETSPEND HOLDINGS INC
The prepaid debit card company said it appointed Steven Coleman as its executive vice-president, general counsel and secretary, effective June 20.
REYL ASSET MANAGEMENT
The investment funds manager appointed Cedric Daras to its fixed income team. Daras joins from Metropole Gestion.
The fund manager appointed Chris Leyshon to its institutional sales team. Leyshon joins from Wellington Management.
ALTUS CAPITAL PARTNERS
The private equity investment firm named Kim VanCleef as vice-president. VanCleef joins from Alvarez & Marsal.