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British consumers are suffering from fatigue when it comes to technology brands such as Apple and Facebook, despite the phenomenal hype surrounding the launch of products like the latest iPad.

Coca-Cola is launching a pocket-sized bottle across its three cola brands this spring, marking the first bottle launch since its 500ml bottles went on sale in 1993.

David Walliams has signed up to guest edit the Friday 23rd March editions of the Independent and its sister title i, for Sport Relief.

Walmart-owned Asda has appointed Stephen Smith as its chief marketing officer, replacing incumbent Rick Bendel, who will move to a global marketing role at Walmart.

Ask Jeeves, the IAC-owned search-and-answer service, has parted company with its marketing director Sarah Bartlett, as its winds down the UK marketing function in favour of a global strategy.

Rob Atkinson, the former chief operating officer of Clear Channel Outdoor, will not be returning to the UK, after taking up the position of chief executive of Clear Channel’s joint venture Adshel in Australia and New Zealand.

Starcom managing director Matt James is to join the ex-pat community in the post of managing director of Mi9 a joint venture between Microsoft and Australian broadcaster Nine Entertainment.

Children’s charity the NSPCC has hired ex-Channel 4 sales strategist Mike Parker as interim fundraising director to lead its consumer-facing marketing activity.

DataXu, the US-headquarted demand side platform (DSP), has appointed its co-founder Bruce Journey to head up its international operations.

Mindshare Worldwide has appointed Greg Brooks, C Squared’s content strategy director, to the new position of global marketing director.

BARCLAYS
he wealth and investment management division of Barclays appointed Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas to the Wealth Management UK & Ireland (UK&I) Advisory Committee.

OTKRITIE CAPITAL

The investment banking arm of Otkritie Financial Corporation appointed Michael T. Workman to head its fixed income business. Workman will operate between Moscow and London. He joins from Goldman Sachs, Moscow, and was previously employed with UBS and National Bank Trust.

COUTTS

The wealth division of Royal Bank of Scotland Group appointed Timothy Chia as Chairman of its Asian business. He was previously employed with PAMA Group Inc, the Asian investment and asset management arm of The Prudential Insurance Company of America.

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS

The global accounting firm appointed Jeannette Chu to the U.S. Advisory Forensic Services Practice on Tuesday. She joins from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and was previously employed with the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

UBS

UBS Wealth Management Americas made a raft of big hires in February and early March, taking on at least 13 advisers who managed more than $1.7 billion in client assets.

BANCO SANTANDER BRASIL

Banco Santander Brasil, the nation’s largest foreign bank, hired Conrado Engel, the former head of the Brazil unit of rival HSBC Holdings, to oversee retail banking amid government efforts to lower borrowing costs and encourage competition in the industry, on Tuesday.

CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE

The head of the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s market-regulation department has left the company, the second compliance official to leave the exchange amid a regulatory investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

FULTON FINANCIAL

Fulton’s Chief Executive Scott Smith, Jr announced plans to retire, and the board of directors named E. Philip Wenger as successor. Smith would retire on December 31, 2012.

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