06 July 2005
Umbro appoints Simon Cunningham as new Senior Vice President of
Wednesday 6th July 2005
Umbro is pleased to announce a further strengthening of the Senior Management
Team with the appointment of Simon Cunningham as Senior Vice President of
International. The role, previously combined with international marketing,
provides additional resource and is in recognition of the growth opportunities
and increasing Umbro international brand presence. Simon will have direct
responsibility for international operations via the licensee network. The
appointment is effective as of today.
Simon has extensive experience gained over 20 years working in Europe, North
America and the Middle East with both subsidiaries and licensees. He has a
strong marketing background gained from his experiences in global consumer
brands at Rothmans, Coca-Cola and most recently Allied Domecq.
Commenting on the appointment, Chief Executive Peter McGuigan said:
"I am extremely pleased to continue the strengthening of our senior executive
team with the appointment of Simon who brings considerable skills and
experience. He will help us optimise Umbro's exceptional underlying strengths
and assist us through an important growth phase in our international
Peter McGuigan, Chief Executive 0161 492 2114
Geoff Haslehurst, Chief Financial Officer 0161 492 2115
Brunswick Group LLP
Simon Sporborg / Dominic McMullan 020 7404 5959
Notes for the Editor:
Umbro is a globally recognised football brand with a strong heritage derived
from more than 80 years' association with the sport of football. Based in the
UK, where the Umbro business was founded in 1924, the Group designs, sources and
markets football-related products, which are sold in over 90 countries.
In 2001 Simon joined Allied Domecq plc as VP - Global Brands and relocated to
the US in 2002, when he was promoted to Executive VP Marketing - North America
with a remit to boost the brands in this market. In 2004 he was appointed
Commercial Director with responsibility for their European Market.
He joined Rothmans in 1985 and for eight years held various sales and marketing
roles. In 1994 he joined The Coca-Cola Company and worked abroad for seven years
in various Country Manager roles. He also had responsibility as General Manager
for developing Coca-Cola's Global Football Strategy for Euro 2000.
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