UK economy shrank at end of 2012 (down 0.3%).
Unemployment hits a record high in Spain (26%).
Sir Martin Sorrell blasts Cameron’s referendum announcement.
WPP acquires ecommerce digital agency Salmon.
M&C Saatchi acquires stake in talent agency Merlin Elite.
Ogilvy & Mather has poached Brian Cooper, a senior creative at Apple, to become its executive creative director.
MEC and Hogarth in creative tie-up.
Paul Hammersley, the former managing partner and co-founder of The Red Brick Road, has joined EDC Communications, the owner of Dare and Elvis, as its UK group chief executive.
Europe’s biggest bank has hired former Nomura deal-maker William Barter as the head of UK for global banking, it said on Thursday.
JANUS CAPITAL GROUP INC
The global investment company said Seiji Inagaki joined its board on Jan. 22 as part of a strategic alliance with Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co Ltd. Inagaki has been an executive officer and general manager of the investment planning department of Dai-ichi Life since April 2012.
The provider of investment support tools said it appointed Deborah Yang to lead its index business across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.
TOWERS WATSON & CO
The professional services company said it appointed Jeremy Spira in its investment business. He will be based in the UK.
VESTRA WEALTH MANAGEMENT
The firm said it appointed Heinz Schmid as fixed income strategist in its investment team.
The investment manager for institutional investors said it appointed Bradford Gallagher as chairman, board of trustees.
The private equity asset management firm said it hired Paul Waller to the newly created role of partner in its London office.
The asset manager said it appointed Raphael Jaggy as business manager for Asia. He will be based in Singapore.