Panasonic is launching a digital face-painting app as part of its Olympics marketing activity, which allows users to emblazon their flag onto their social media profile to show which team they are supporting.
Relentless, the Coca-Cola-owned energy drink, is changing the focus of its brand ambassador line-up from sports to music by bringing in urban music artist Professor Green.
Immediate Media, the magazine publisher behind Top Gear, Radio Times and Good Food, is making a round of redundancies following the merger of its BBC Magazines, Origin and Magicalia operations, affecting sales and editorial teams.
Advertisers have been “scared off” TV advertising by the Olympics being on the BBC, according to media agency traders who expect year-on-year market declines of up to 10% around the period of the London 2012 Games.
Simon Francis to step down as chief executive of Aegis Media EMEA.
Mindshare has made a series of appointments across its leadership team, including appointing Helen McRae as EMEA chief operating officer, to shift its focus towards trading, emerging markets and talent development.
McCann has promoted its New York and London creative chief Linus Karlsson to chief creative officer for global brands.
CITI PRIVATE BANK
Citigroup’s Citi Private Bank named Stephen Baird as director and ultra high net worth private banker in its Houston office. He joins from JP Morgan Private Wealth Management.
It also named Brian Becker as director and ultra high net worth private banker in the firm’s Denver office.
The British insurer appointed Michael Duncan chief executive, specialty for Asia and Middle East. He joins from Zurich Financial Services.
The company also named Christina Tham as legal, risk and compliance director for the region. She joins from Fortis Bank.
The global business advisory firm named Yung Chung as managing director. Chung joins from McKinsey & Co, where he was a senior partner.
LEGAL & GENERAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT AMERICA
The firm named Lisa Carrillo as client portfolio manager with a focus on index distribution in North America.
DLA Piper named David Luce as a partner in the firm’s corporate and finance practice and insurance and reinsurance practice in New York.