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Mark Given

Mark Given

Marketing Director, Sainsbury's

Originally from Northern Ireland, Mark graduated with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering.  After a long chat with a Brand Manager at a recruitment fair he decided to turn his back on the construction industry and started with P&G as Asst. Brand Manager. In a 9 year career with P&G he rose through the ranks working on Pringles, Crest & Tampax!  Working both in the UK and Switzerland.

Mark joined Scottish & Newcastle 6 weeks before the company got bought by Heineken.  At Heineken he was responsible for the mainstream brands including Foster’s and John Smith’s.  In the last two years he has been responsible for hiring Adam & Eve and developing the ‘Good Call’ campaign, Foster’s comedy sponsorship and the return of Alan Partridge as well as the return of Peter Kay on John Smith’s.

At the start of 2012 Mark joined O2 as Head of Sponsorship looking after all the brands Music and Sports properties. He headed O2's range of entertainment and sport sponsorship deals, including O2-branded music venues and its backing of the England rugby union team.  Prior to joining O2  Mark worked for Heineken he was responsible for the mainstream brands including Foster’s and John Smith’s.  In his time there he was responsible for hiring Adam & Eve and developing the ‘Good Call’ campaign, Foster’s comedy sponsorship and the return of Alan Partridge as well as the return of Peter Kay on John Smith’s.

Since January 2017 he has been Marketing Director at Sainsbury's.

Follow him at @markjgiven

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