Carat has landed the £28 million media planning and buying account for Gocompare.com, the annoying price comparison website.
MediaCom, the WPP media agency, has bought the independent regional media agency Brilliant Media.
Miroma Group has appointed McDonald’s senior marketing manager Richard Hirst as commercial director of Miroma Ventures, a new division incorporating non-barter interests.
News International has hired Ian Dowds to fill the new role of sales director. Dowds was previously the vice-president of UK revenue at the advertising network Specific Media.
Time Inc, the parent of IPC Media and the US publishing giant behind titles including People and Time, has appointed Digitas global chief executive Laura Lang as its new chief executive.
The British trading firm appointed Gary Pettit to the new position of global head of financial futures and options. Pettit was formerly global head of futures and options at MF Global .
Debt market veteran Malcolm Stewart has joined Ondra Partners, the independent advisory firm set up three years ago by ex-Lehman bankers Benoit d’Angelin and Michael Tory, an Ondra spokesman said on Thursday. Stewart, who has advised on debt transactions for more than 25 years, spent the last two as managing partner at fellow boutique North Sea Partners Europe, after holding senior leveraged-finance positions at Merrill Lynch and Citigroup.
MAN GROUP PLC
Man Group named Ruud Hendriks as non-executive chairman of Man’s Institutional Department. Hendriks, a non-executive director, will step down from the board. Hendriks’ change of role will be effective from Dec. 1.
UBS appointed Philip Lofts back to his former role as chief risk officer on Thursday, removing Maureen Miskovic with immediate effect after less than a year in the job, following the Swiss bank’s $2 billion trading scandal.
UniCredit named Laurent Dupeyron as global head of wholesale and institutional equity derivatives distribution. Dupeyron joins from Olympia Capital Management.
Citigroup named Slava Slavinskiy as head of banking for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Slavinskiy was earlier Citi’s head of energy for the EMEA region.