Smithfield hires Wichers to push IR development

Smithfield Financial has appointed Gerard Wichers as its first head of investor relations.

Smithfield Financial has appointed Gerard Wichers as its first head

of investor relations.



Dutch-national Wichers joins from IR specialist Taylor Rafferty

Associates.



His remit is to develop a stand-alone investor relations product for

Smithfield Financial, which will be offered to potential international

clients.



He will also work for some of Smithfield’s existing clients, which

include the Bank of Ireland, Stagecoach and National Power.



There are plans to further develop Smithfield’s IR offering, but there

is no confirmation of the size of team Wichers will build. However

managing director John Kiely told PR Week: ’There will be more senior

appointments in the near future.’ He added that Smithfield would be

building its international credentials by employing more non-British

staff.



Wichers qualified as a lawyer in 1991, and briefly worked for the United

Nations before attending business school in the US. He has worked for

several Dutch companies including mail, express and logistics company

TNT Post Group, where he was head of investor relations.



During this time he worked through the demerger from Dutch postal giant

KPN, and subsequent listings on the New York, London, Frankfurt and

Amsterdam stock exchanges.



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