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Thursday Morning Stir

-Optimedia appointed former OMD exec Jason Hoffman to the newly created position of SVP, digital, which calls for him to oversee the agency’s New York digital ops and work with clients including the BBC, British Airways, Pizza Hut and Purina.

-Ex-Arc London managing director Diana Cawley has joined Cheil Worldwide as head of global retail.

-The makers of Spam have decided to fork over a cool $700 million to purchase Skippy peanut butter from Unilever. link

-The president of Argentina brings up the Falkland Islands in a strongly worded newspaper ad directed at British Prime Minister David Cameron. link

-For those who are tired of the “hilarious” banter between Peyton Manning and John Schnatter in those Papa John’s ads, there’s always the more fun Russian version featuring a couple of NBA ex-pats (above). link

-Mondelez, the company formed as the result of Kraft splitting into two, has announced the nine selected start-ups which will be participating in its Mobile Futures program. link

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