Up the ladder

United Business Media Plc, BLM, Brooklands Group, IPC Media, Emap Radio, I-level, John Ayling & Associates, Walker Media

United Business Media Plc has recruited Gary Hughes as chief executive of its largest subsidiary, CMP Information. He is charged with international expansion of the professional and specialist consumer publishing division, which includes the title Music Week and exhibitions like The Pub & Bar Show.

BLM has appointed Natalie Cummins as business strategist. Her client list includes Thomas Cook, Domino's Pizza, Young's Bluecrest and City AM. She joins from Starcom where she was a group account director.

Magazine publisher Brooklands Group has hired two new publishing directors. Mark Elliot, currently publisher of Emap's Empire magazine, will take on the UK homes and prop-erty portfolio. Andy Bridge, whose previously experience includes Asia Pacific operations for Haymarket Publishing, has joined as publishing director of the international property portfolio. The hirings follow Rita Lewis as publishing director of Brooklands' women's lifestyle titles.

IPC Media's group ad marketing director Christina Hartley has left her role to become marketing services director for IPC-owned distribution company Marketforce. Hartley is a member of the NRS board, chairs the PPA and FIPP research committees and was previously chair of the Media Research Group.

Emap Radio has appointed Matthew Bromham as sales director for the group's Teeside station, 96.6 TFM. Bromham worked at Metro FM in Newcastle and Viking FM in Hull (both Emap-owned) for seven years, and will oversee a team of four sales exes.

Digital specialist I-level has promoted senior account director Mark Creighton to managing director with immediate effect. The role will include management of the agency's advert-ising, search and affiliate marketing divisions, as well as ensuring its works with customers effectively.

John Ayling & Associates has brought in account director Gordon Domlija from ZenithOptimedia, where he was planning director on Carlsberg. The agency has also appointed planner/buyer Ashleigh Dallimore, from OMD in New Zealand.

Walker Media has appointed Aegis online specialist Mark Syal as boss of its new digital division, Walker-i. Syal joins from the Aegis's digital agency, Diffiniti. As part of its plans to increase its online offering, Walker-i has also appointed Starcom Digital's Ben Buxton as account manager.

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