Olympic organisers consider free football ticket handout.
Amazon and Google in domain name frenzy.
Facebook is to introduce real-time bidding (RTB) capability for display ads on its site within weeks, allowing brands to target its users based on their off-site browsing history.
McDonald’s is expected to unveil its 100% recycled uniforms, designed by Wayne Hemmingway, next week.
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is launching an online campaign against the Olympic sponsorship of Atos, the information technology company.
Goodstuff, the media agency in which Omnicom holds a significant minority stake, has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Michelle Sanchez as the head of buying and Tamara Cross to the post of head of digital.
Nokia has as sold its luxury handset brand Vertu and parted company with Jerri DeVard, its chief marketing officer, as part of sweeping management changes that include up to 10,000 job cuts worldwide.
Premier Foods has sold its vinegar and sour pickles business, including its Sarson’s and Haywards brands, to Japanese vinegar-specialist Mizkan, for £41m.
Unilever’s Lynx, Toyota and Samsung Mobile USA are among the first brands to develop voice and gesture controlled ads for Xbox Live users with Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor device.
Tesco snaps up digital music platform We7 for £10.8m.
DEUTSCHE BANK AG
Two top executives overseeing real estate in Asia for Deutsche Bank’s institutional investment unit have left the company, sources told Reuters on Thursday.
Niel Thassim, the head of real estate in Asia for RREEF has departed together with the chief investment officer for property in Asia, Paul Keogh.
The bank on Wednesday said it appointed Carl Wegner as head of global transaction banking for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Wegner was previously country head for transaction banking for Standard Chartered Bank in Taiwan.
ERNST & YOUNG LLP
The audit firm named Mark Costello the global leader of its real estate advisory practice. Costello was previously the managing partner of the company’s Americas construction & real estate advisory services (CREAS) practice.
The Swiss private bank named Daniel Savary as head of Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East markets as of July 1. Savary, who joined the bank in May, will be based in Zurich.
The private equity firm appointed Mark Ransford as a director, focusing on opportunities in West Africa. Ransford will be based in London. Ransford was earlier a partner at Kingdom Zephyr.
PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL INC
The financial services firm named Lata Reddy the vice president of corporate social responsibility and president of the Prudential Foundation.
The investment bank hired four managing directors for its equity products group in New York, London and Moscow.
Irena Radman was named managing director, head of distribution, North America and Rupert Hope as managing director, head of equities strategic client coverage. Both will be based in New York.
Aleksander Diklich was appointed managing director, head of international derivatives in London, while Maria Shatalina was appointed managing director, Russia and CIS equity product distribution in Moscow.
The unit of Russia’s Sberbank Troika Dialog appointed Dimitri Casvigny as a managing director and head of industrials in the investment banking division. Casvigny, who joins from Credit Suisse in Moscow, will commence work on June 18.
INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ASSET MANAGEMENT
The alternative investment manager named Darren Upton as head of research. Upton earlier worked for Man Group as head of research methodology