Thomas the Tank Engine teams up with Barbie as Mattel buys Hit.
Many of Britain’s best-loved children’s characters will now be under control of the US toy giant after £426m deal
Brands are trading their privacy and valuable consumer data for convenience because of an over-reliance on Facebook, according to a leading analyst.
SapientNitro has hired Thomas Moeller as creative director and Stephen Worley as director moving image.
OgilvyOne London has appointed Kohlben Vodden, a senior strategic account director at Wunderman, as its head of social media and content.
AnalogFolk has appointed Victor Sahate as its first executive creative director.
Tesco is slashing roles from its non-food department as part of a review in response to “difficult economic times”.
Emma Harris, Eurostar sales and marketing director, is to leave the company in January following a commercial reorganisation.
Eurostar is looking to appoint a head of central marketing to drive brand consistency across the key markets of the UK, France and Belgium.
PC Media has appointed Emily Hutchings, the current publisher of weekly titles Now and Soaplife, as publishing director of music titles NME and Uncut.
Stefan Bardega has rejoined MediaCom full-time as the media agency’s new head of mobile and innovation, six months after switching to a part-time role to launch his own company.
James Murdoch’s position at News Corporation looks increasingly unsustainable, after a majority of independent shareholders voted against his re-election, following criticisms of his handling of the hacking crisis.
ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LLC
The privately owned investment management firm named Donna Toth as its chief operating officer. Before joining the firm, Toth was founder and managing principal of Park Hill Group, the third-party global placement agent arm of Blackstone .
The wealth management division of Barclays Bank Plc appointed Matthew Wotton to manage the sports, media & entertainment team within the UK & Ireland Private Bank. Previously, he worked with HSBC.
The nationalised Dutch bank appointed Darrell Holley as managing director of its energy, commodities & transportation (ECT) business in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was the global head of Energy Finance at UBS Investment Bank.
PICTET & CIE (ASIA)
The arm of Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie appointed Sylvain Gysler as head of Independent Asset Managers in Singapore. Previously, he led the Independent Asset Managers team for North Asia at Credit Suisse .
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS
The corporate and investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada appointed Johnny Vo as a managing director with a focus on the European insurance sector and James Eves as a managing director with a focus on the European banking sector. Previously, Vo was co-head of European insurance research at Goldman Sachs and Eves was head of financial institutions equity capital markets at UBS.