Scottish & Newcastle UK's innovation director, Sarah Warby, has been promoted to marketing director - the latest move in a string of top-level promotions. She will replace Tim Seager, who moved to acting MD UK last month. She has been with the company since 2004 and started in the innovation and new product department before becoming brand manager for Foster's.
Britvic marketing director Andrew Marsden is leaving the company next week after 10 years. He said he wanted to expand his career outside soft drinks. Britvic credits him with developing Robinsons in to a top-10 grocery brand and launching J20, Fruit Shoot and Fruit Shoot H20. Chief executive Paul Moody will lead the marketing team until Marsden's successor is found.
Midcounties Co-operative Society has appointed Michelle Guest as head of society marketing. She will head marketing for the whole society across its supermarkets, c-stores, post offices, travel branches, pharmacies, funeral homes and motor dealerships.
Diageo has appointed Franz Humer, the chief executive and chairman of Swiss drugs giant Roche, to replace Lord Blyth as chairman from next year. Lord Blyth will leave on 1 July 2008, after eight years as chairman. Humer has been a non-executive director of Diageo for the past two years.
Cheesman signs up
Allan Cheesman, the former director of wine at Sainsbury's, has been appointed non-executive chairman of Berkmann Wine Cellars, following the resignation of founder Joseph Berkmann. "Joseph is a legend in his own lifetime and has done much to promote quality wines in the UK market," said Cheesman.