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News International Commercial appoints Neil Jones to new role of Director of Commercial Strategy

Added: (Tue Jan 27 2009)

Pressbox (Press Release) - News International Commercial has completed its senior line-up with the star hiring of Carat UK’s managing director Neil Jones to the new role of Director of Commercial Strategy across all News International’s key brands.

He joins NI Commercial in April with a brief to evaluate News International’s deep strategic relations with all its commercial customers in the UK, including advertisers, agencies and potential partners. He is also charged with examining the market to identify new and alternative streams of revenue and better working methods in a period of rapid change in media, marketing and the economy.

The move completes the top management line-up at NI Commercial, instigated by managing director Paul Hayes. Jones will sit on a management board reporting into Hayes comprising: Dominic Carter, trading director; Claire Myserscough, business intelligence director; newly-appointed Abba Newbery, creative solutions director; Alex Hole, digital trading director; David German, classified sales director and Patricia Kill, sales support director.

NI Commercial represents all News International’s UK media power brands in both their print and online forms: The Sun, News of the World, The Times, The Sunday Times and thelondonpaper.

Hayes commented: “Neil will be reviewing all our relationships with key customers and partners to drive greater efficiencies with agencies and to develop new and more innovative business relationships direct with client firms. As responsible market leaders in tough times, we will actively listen to the market, at every level from agency trading, through campaign strategy, marketing, right up to UK boardrooms, in a systemic push to position the NI brands as trusted and value-added partners.”

Jones commented: "I would not have left Carat for anything other than a mould breaking job like this. News International is a market leading organisation that will set the agenda for the future and I am tremendously excited by the opportunity."

For more information contact:
Paul Hayes, MD, News International Commercial on 0207 782 6954 or
Martin Loat, Propeller Group, on 07769 76030 or 0207 087 2730

Biography of Neil Jones
Graduated in Business Studies from Huddersfield in 1984
Started career in Marketing at Blue Bird confectionery in 1984
Joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 1986
Joined Zenith at its inception in 1988
Joined Carat as an Associate Director in 1991
Promoted to Board of Carat in 1993
Promoted to Group Account Director in 1996
Promoted to Client Services Director in 1999
Promoted to Commercial Director in 2002
Promoted to current role of Managing Director of Carat UK in April 2005

Key achievements since becoming Managing Director
Campaign media agency of the year 2006
Media Week media agency of the year 2006 & 2007
Media Week Grand Prix Award 2006
Media Week Grand Prix Award 2008*
Campaign Grand Prix Award 2008*
*First media agency to win both grand prix awards in the same year

Top of the Campaign new business media league table 3 of the last 4 years
Key account wins whilst I have been MD are: COI TV buying, General Motors, J&J, Mattel, Birds Eye, Kellogg, Abbey, Alliance & Leicester, Vodafone.

Age 44
Married with 3 boys aged 12, 10 and 8
Live in Dulwich
Worked in the media industry for 22 years
Keen football fan (Leeds Utd), love skiing and golf

News International Limited is the main UK subsidiary of the global media company News Corporation. Times Newspapers Ltd (TNL) publishes The Times and The Sunday Times and News Group Newspapers Limited (NGN) publishes The Sun and News of the World. TNL and NGN are part of the News International group.

Other subsidiaries which form part of the News International group include NI Free Newspapers Ltd, publisher of thelondonpaper, the Times Literary Supplement and milkround.co.uk. In addition, the News International group owns 50% of both The London Property News and propertyfinder.com, and has investments in property search engine globrix.com and fashion website brandalley.co.uk.


Submitted by:Clare Garnham
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