BP today puts U.S. managing director Robert Dudley, above, in charge of its Gulf spill operations, reporting to embattled CEO Tony Hayward.
An analyst tells the New York Times, “He’s not only a good ol’ boy, but he’s from Mississippi and he doesn’t have a British accent,” a reference to Hayward.
Spirit Airlines, meanwhile, is being criticized for ad campaign that spoofs the BP oil spill.
More brands in the news after the jump.
Aston-Martin's original 1964 DB5 used in James Bond films is on the auction block.
AT&T received FCC approval to acquire Verizon wireless spectrum for $2.35 billion.
BASF is buying Cognis for $3.8 billion.
GM's IPO: too rushed?
Goldman Sachs mulls ad campaign and considered image rehab with a CEO appearance on Oprah.
Google faces an inquiry from Scotland Yard, as complaints about its privacy policies spread internationally.
Intel launches tongue-in-cheek "tech therapy" online campaign in Australia to help technophobes.
JPMorgan Chase aims to expand globally.
Nestle is betting on emerging markets for growth.
O-Cel-O sponges are being redesigned by Project Runway winner Christian Siriano.
P&G is making a major marketing push in India, including cutting prices on Pantene products and promoting Pampers diapers. It's also wooing U.S. dads to buy diapers.
President Obama will meet today with U.S. commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, to discuss his controversial interview in Rolling Stone.
Temporary pop-up stores from Target and other brands are booming in New York.
YouTube gets into premium pay-per-view with WWE wrestling. More on YouTube's blog.