Burson-Marsteller’s European marketing leader David Brain, who was
only appointed to the role in March, is quitting to join a dot.com
The role was created after B-M took the decision to revert profit and
loss responsibility from its practice structure back to country heads
(PR Week, 24 March).
As a result, B-M is currently looking to appoint two staff to handle
Brain’s various briefs. The agency is seeking to appoint a managing
director to take over Brain’s client responsibilities, which include
several Unilever food and beverage clients.
Meanwhile, B-M is also likely to appoint someone from within its
European network to take over Brain’s European marketing practice role.
This is a senior role with a brief to create new products and share
knowledge across the European network.
The European marketing practice is made up of contacts in the UK,
France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, each of whom reports
to their own country leader, not to the European marketing leader. The
MD post will report to Deborah Saw, Burson-Marsteller MD and UK
marketing practice leader.
Brain is to become brand and communications director at eLOGISTICS.com,
an online international transport provider. His departure is described
by both Brain and B-M as ’very amicable’ and he is currently working his