Cordiant Names Chairman

NEW YORK Cordiant Communications Group, parent of Bates Worldwide, said Friday that it has appointed Nigel Stapleton as its chairman, effective March 1.

Stapleton, 56, will replace Charlie Scott, who in September announced his plans to step down from the British holding company. He will team up with CCG CEO David Hearn, 47, who filled Michael Bungey’s spot in January.

Meanwhile, CCG’s Bates is said to be close to naming a North America CEO, a post vacated by Bill Whitehead last May.

Stapleton has extensive media experience, having spent 13 years at Reed Elsevier in various posts, including chief financial officer and co-chairman. Prior to that, he worked at Unilever for 18 years in a number of senior finance, corporate-development and management positions.

He is also a non-executive director of Reliance Security Group and the London Stock Exchange, and chairman of Uniq.