Mr. Webb, who takes up the new post Jan. 1, is succeeding Graham Fish, the incumbent since 1987. There will be a three month hand-over period before Mr. Fish leaves to pursue "equity-based opportunities in which I can have more control of my own destiny."
British-born Mr. Webb has spent most of his career abroad, including stints in South Africa and Australia, working for Revlon and L'Oreal before joining Alberto-Culver 17 months ago. He will relocate to the Alberto-Culver's Basingstoke office, near London. Andrew Jetson, currently financial director for Australia and New Zealand, will fill the post Mr. Webb vacates.
Lowe Howard-Spink, London, has handled Alberto-Culver's European ad account, worth around $13.6 million, for more than seven years, according to Mr. Fish. Carat, London, holds the media buying. The company's biggest brands in the EMEA region are Alberto VO5 and the hairdressers' salon-only line Indola.
Mr. Fish, 45, a marketer by background who has been with Alberto-Culver since 1979, says changes to the company's strategy are unlikely in the short to medium term.
Copyright December 1998, Crain Communications Inc.