Appointments

Former Manchester United marketing director Peter Draper has been hired by retailer Sports Direct to help grow its online news platform Sports Direct News (SDN). Cheshire-based Draper left Old Trafford after seven years in 2006 to set up his own sports marketing agency Loose Lips, having previously been Umbro's European marketing director.

Ewan Douglas will become Channel 4's most senior sales executive outside London after his promotion to the role of agency principal, Manchester.
Earlier this year the broadcaster extended its structure of agency principals to its regional sales force, a decision that led to the departure of long-standing regional sales controller Bob Mullings.

Leeds agency Fox Communications has appointed Claire Arbuckle as its new account executive.

Brand engagement and leadership specialist Cirrus has boosted its digital department with the appointment of three former Custard Media employees.

Internet marketing agency Ph.Creative is on track to hit its staff growth target for the year after a series of new appointments. The Liverpool-based company announced plans to double in size earlier in the year after securing £500,000 funding from the The North West Fund for Venture Capital.

Chris McDonough, the former managing director of brands at Molson Coors has been named the new marketing director of Asda.
It follows a restructure within the department, with chief marketing officer, Steve Smith explaining that they needed more leadership for corporate marketing and insights

Erica Ingham, a director at summ.it and a non-executive director of Creative England,is to join the IoD board for a three period starting in July.

Liverpool Biennial has recruited Louise Garforth, a former senior exec with Marketing Cheshire as its new head of development and Carly Townsend, formerly with the Tate Liverpool as marketing and communications officer.

Liverpool agency Think Publicity has appointed Charlie Savage as PR director. Savage will head up both the Liverpool and London PR divisions at Think.

Bauer Media has announced that Gary Stein is to leave the company after only five months as director of music for its Bauer Place stations. He is to take up the position of managing editor for Heart London from August.

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