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Spence to head up Beattie’s Scottish operations

Joan spence, Rachel Gladwin and Laurna Woods

Joanne Spence, Rachel Gladwin and Laurna Woods

Beattie, the London-based integrated communications agency, has announced that Joanne Spence will become managing director in Scotland, serving its offices in Uddingston near Glasgow, Edinburgh and Falkirk.

Rachel Gladwin has been appointed managing director of the North and Midlands where it has operations in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

CEO Laurna Woods said: “Joanne and Rachel are outstanding leaders who are an inspiration to us all.

“They have built successful profit centres which have been growing annually for more than five years.”

Platinum launch

DC Thomson Media is launching a monthly magazine, Platinum, aimed at women over the age of 55. It will be edited by Alison Kirker.

Its launch comes against a downturn in magazine sales which has seen Marie Claire announce that after November it will become the latest to abandon its print format in favour of digital.

Dundee-based DC Thomson also publishes ladies lifestyle magazine No.1 and its portfolio includes of some of the oldest titles in the country, including the Scots Magazine and the People’s Friend.

Last September it bought a publisher of 35 magazine titles which puts it within the top five consumer magazine publishers in the UK with around 70 magazines. In April it acquired the golf publication Bunkered.

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