Up the Ladder

Inferno, IPA, Guardian News and Media, Axon Publishing, Media Planning Group, Radio Advertising Bureau, Ofcom, Nielsen Media Research, GMG Radio

Full-service agency Inferno has hired Clare Simpson as its new head of planning. Simpson joins from Partners Andrews Aldridge, where she worked as a senior planner on Lexus, RAC, Lloyds TSB and Scottish Widows.

The IPA is set to appoint Moray MacLennan, European chairman of M&C Saatchi, as its next president, succeeding David Pattison, outgoing chief executive of PHD Media. MacLennan is expected to be voted in for two years from April next year.

Guardian News and Media has promoted operations director Derek Gannon to the new role of chief operating officer. Gannon will be responsible for the company's move to new headquarters in King's Cross in 2008.

Customer magazine specialist Axon Publishing has hired Stuart Charlton as its first commercial director. Charlton was previously publisher of NSPCC title Your Family and also held posts at BBC Magazines and IPC.

Havas-owned media network the Media Planning Group has appointed Philippe Portois as country manager for MPG Belgium. Portois previously held senior management positions at Clear Channel, TMP Worldwide and Initiative Media.

Former Radio Advertising Bureau chief executive Douglas McArthur has taken up a position as non-executive director for rewards-based website Pigsback.com, which recently received a £2.5m injection from private investor network Hotbed.

Stephen Carter, former chief executive of Ofcom, has joined corporate communications consultancy Brunswick as chief executive.

Nielsen Media Research UK has appointed Nikki Williams as managing director. She has worked with NMR for 16 years, most recently as sales director and previously as group sales director.

GMG Radio has promoted Helen Walledge to head of agency sales with responsibility for leading the development of the company's regional agency sales team. Walledge will be responsible for maximising all English-based regional agency revenues and will report to Julian Carter, group sales director.

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