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Paul Walsh calls time on Diageo: Outgoing boss will leave the global

Ivan Menezes celebrated his success landing the job as boss of the world's biggest drinks company, Diageo, with a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky on the flight from London to New York. The promotion of the chief operating officer and company insider didn't scare the horses in the City as the shares barely twitched. But as he sipped the £130 liquor on the plane Mr Menezes might well have pondered the shoes he will have to fill when Paul Walsh, the FTSE 100's third longest-serving boss, departs.

The silent snoop on your computer

Designed to speed up and enhance the internet experience, web markers known as 'cookies' make a mockery of our privacy. Every web user needs to understand (and control) these insidious cyber-spies, says <b>Stephen Foley</b>

Mad Memoirs: Ad Men through the pages

Forget industry awards, the real symbol of prestige in adland is writing a book on how to succeed in a notoriously fickle trade. Sam Delaney gets the hard sell

A victory for UK plc – or just a PR coup for Osborne?

One of the most powerful men in world advertising, Sir Martin Sorrell, delivered a purposely timed publicity coup to the Chancellor, George Osborne, yesterday by announcing that his global business, WPP, would be relocating its headquarters to the United Kingdom.

Diary: Facebook founder's status slip update

It's a little late to clear up all those sex-based (alleged) inaccuracies in The Social Network, but Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg – worth £8.4bn, ladies – has finally changed the relationship status on his own Facebook profile to "In a relationship". Remarkably, his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, really was attracted to the billionaire's looks, personality and/or GSOH: the pair have been dating since 2005.

Claire Beale on Advertising: In the L-shaped gloom, PR and adland must

When WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell pronounces on the state of the advertising industry – or, increasingly, industry in general – important people listen. So when he told the world last week that the current recession is going to be L-shaped (that's severe and prolonged) important people agreed. L-shaped it will be, then.

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Best In Show: Huggies (JWT)

Advertising people in London spend at least 11 months of the year utterly convinced that London is the centre of the creative universe.