DIA has created two new positions to wrap up its restructuring process, although staffing in its display arm is still unsettled.
Eliot Scott has joined as business development manager from MDS Saatchi & Saatchi, and Ruth Mark-Rowland, formerly at Link House publishing group, is business division executive. They handle new business in DIA’s brands and corporate communications arms. Their appointments follow two further departures from DIA’s display division. Senior designer Smith Joseph and project manager David Littlefield have both left in the last six weeks.
The display unit, headed by Martin Kelly until his resignation, is temporarily led by DIA chairman Barry Salter (DW 12 September).
“We are actively seeking a replacement for Martin,” says a DIA spokesman. Paul Clarke, previously at Kenton Display in Birmingham, worked for a week as a consultant in the display unit. He is believed to have been introduced to DIA staff as Kelly’s replacement. But Clarke and the DIA spokesman refute this. “I was aware the job was available. It was not the sort of job I would be interested in,” says Clarke.