The anonymous blogger who accused ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ runner-up Ronan Parke of having links to the show’s creator Simon Cowell has apologised and admitted he had no insider knowledge, following questioning by the police.
Jonathan Allan, the managing director of Omnicom media agency OMD UK, is the new sales director of Channel 4, replacing Andy Barnes who left the broadcaster last week.
Simon Kelner has stepped down as editor of The Independent and its 20p sibling i today to be replaced by the London Evening Standard’s Chris Blackhurst.
Kelner, who has been with the newspaper for 13 years and played a pivotal part in its market-leading move from broadsheet to tabloid, will remain as editor-in-chief but will have no day-to-day involvement with the papers.
CBS Outdoor has parted company with its managing director Mike Moran and commercial director Mark Chippendale, and appointed commercial director Jason Cotterrell country director for the UK.
Moran joined CBS Outdoor as managing director in February last year, following the departure of former managing director of sales and marketing Tim Bleakley in October 2009. Chippendale joined as commercial director in August 2010.
Ford has appointed marketer Mark Ovenden to the role of Ford of Britain managing director.
Ovenden, previously Ford of Britain marketing director, left the UK operation in 2008 to head the manufacturer’s marketing in Russia, before becoming managing director and president of Ford Russia. He was replaced as lead UK marketer by Mark Simpson, who remains in his role.
JEFFERIES GROUP INC
Frank Cerveny has joined Jefferies as a managing director and co-head of the international credit business based in London. He joins the firm from Credit Suisse , where he spent nearly 20 years and was a managing director and a former head of credit sales.
TOWERGATE INSURANCE GROUP
Truett Tate will join Europe’s largest independent insurance intermediary’s board as an independent non-executive director. Currently Truett is group executive director wholesale at Lloyds Banking Group .