Brand News: P&G Ready to Name Successor to CEO Lafley and More

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The latest branding and marketing news, headlines and other happenings:

Procter & Gamble will announce David Taylor as its new CEO following Tuesday’s board vote according to the Wall Street Journal, while second-time-around CEO A.G. Lafley will remain as chairman during the handover transition.

VW passes Toyota to take global auto sales crown in first-half of 2015.

AT&T swings back at the FCC’s $100 million fine.

eBay shutters eBay Now local delivery service as Amazon reportedly expands US click-and-pickup.

Boy Scouts USA formally lifts ban on openly gay leaders.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Ad Age names Ken Wheaton editor and elevates Nat Ives and Natalie Zmuda.

Airbnb looks to expand to Africa.

Boston drops bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

Broadly, VICE‘s female-first channel confirms Aug. 3rd as launch date.

Comcast and Discovery Communications sign long-term carriage agreement, burying hatchet.

Delta will help rebuild New York’s LaGuardia Airport and buys a stake in China Eastern airline.

Disney CEO Iger sees a day when ESPN will be available without a cable subscription.

Facebook expands its free mobile Internet service.

Fitbit uses content to “keep the brand buff.”

Geico‘s Gecko, Progressive‘s Flo and fellow mascots fail to sway US insurance buying habits.

GM targets emerging markets with new Chevrolet lineup in $5 billion bet.

Goldman Sachs fined $1.8 million for reporting failures.

Google reportedly eyed buying Impossible Foods vegan food brand.

J.Crew opens budget Mercantile store in Dallas, rebranding Factory outlets to win back customers.

Lexus Australia develops model that shows driver’s heartbeat on the outside.

Maytag is now an official partner of Major League Baseball.

McGraw-Hill buys SNL Financial industry research analysis firm for $2.2 billion.

NFL history made with naming of first female coach with Arizona Cardinals‘ hire.

Noma restaurant, considered world’s best, takes its show on the road to Sydney.

Starbucks announces first store in South Africa, opening in mid-2016.

Stripe raises backing from Visa for $5.5 billion mobile payments platform.

Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp also said to be close to announcing he’s stepping down.

Topshop pulls skinny mannequins in the UK following complaints on social media.

UpCounsel raises $10 million in its bid to offer on-demand virtual legal services.

Verizon subscribers will test Go90 mobile TV service following delayed debut.

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