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Abbey appoints Mark Russell as head of brand

Abbey has appointed Mark Russell as head of brand.  He will be responsible for developing and communicating Abbey&#39s brand strategy and its manifestation through all the channels as well as the completion of the re-branding process.

Russell reports to Jeremy Davies, director of brand and communications and started at Abbey on June 14. Russell joins Abbey from J. Walter Thompson advertising agency where he was department head of The Knowledge Centre, responsible for providing strategic insight and knowledge on branding, trends, consumers and communications to agency account teams and clients.

Jeremy Davies, brand and communications director says: “Mark has great experience in developing and implementing brand strategy and brings a wealth of experience to this role.  His background in market research and the wide range of clients he has worked with will help to bring Abbey&#39s new brand to the forefront.”

Russell says:  “I am really looking forward to joining the team at Abbey.  I am excited by the opportunity of joining a company which has the courage to undergo a complete transformation, is approaching the banking sector from a truly consumer-led point of view and is determined to deliver this innovatively.”


BuildStore nominated for two major awards

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What will be the impact of King&#39s warning?

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AXA launches network for tied agents

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eMoneyfacts launches &#39daily selection&#39 tool

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Survey looks at the challenges facing businesses post auto-enrolment

A survey conducted by Johnson Fleming at the Pension & Benefits Show 2014 highlighted the key challenges faced within organisations post auto-enrolment. The results showed that communicating the changes and the value of them to staff, and receiving timely data from the payroll provider proved to still be the most challenging aspects of managing an auto-enrolment scheme.


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