Calder Appointed Scottish Head of Advertising Body

A director of the media planning and buying agency, MediaCom Edinburgh, has been elected chair of the Scottish division of the advertising trade body, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.

He succeeds Ken Dixon, planning partner at Newhaven Communications, also based in the Capital, and will be presenting his inaugural speech as Scottish IPA chair early next month. 

In a statement issued by the IPA, its director general, Hamish Pringle, is quoted, as saying: “We're delighted that Murray Calder has taken on the chairmanship and I'm sure the combination of his client-side background and media agency expertise will provide the leadership we need in developing the IPA in Scotland.”

After studying Economics at the University of Glasgow, Calder began his career in Glasgow with fine wine and spirit distributers The Macallan Langs Partnership.

Seventeen years ago, he headed to Speyside to take up a variety of roles with The Macallan Glenlivet plc. Three years later, he moved to Perth, along with the ownership of The Macallan, to Highland Distillers, now part of The Edrington Group, where he rose through the ranks to become global marketing manager for The Famous Grouse.

During his time with The Edrington Group, Murray was responsible for the global re-launch of The Famous Grouse.

He then enjoyed stints at Baxters and Glenmorangie before joining Mediacom Edinburgh five years ago. He now has responsibility for new business and marketing.

Appointed for two years as Scottish chair of the IPA, Calder is delivering his speech in Edinburgh on the tenth of next month.