Former TBWAParis ECD Erik Vervroegen is to join Publicis Worldwide to strengthen its creative output as part of a return by new network chief Jean-Yves Naouri to a collegiate system.
CNN opens the world’s first ‘CNN Cafe’ in Seoul. Turner International Asia-Pacific and YBM Education, South Korea’s largest English education institution, launch of the world’s first CNN-branded cafe in South Korea.
MediaCom has appointed Ian Rotherham as global account director serving the agency’s key global clients.
Online grocery service Ocado is launching a customer magazine designed to challenge supermarket magazine conventions, by avoiding recipe-based content and implying the time saved by using Ocado will allow customers to live life more fully.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Money in talks with China Investment Corporation over backing for Northern Rock bid.
EAGLE ASSET MANGEMENT
The asset manager hired Donald Pepin as director of institutional sales. He will be based in the company headquarters at St. Petersburg, Florida.
ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP
The bank appointed Marco Salvalaggio as head of sovereign, supranationals and agencies coverage. Salvalaggio, who was previously with Axa Rosenberg, will be based in London.
GILES INSURANCE BROKERS
The UK-based brokerage appointed Andy Tedstone as group development director in its senior management team. Tedstone was most recently partnerships director at Jelf Group Plc.