Reece was at the Telegraph Group until February 2013, where he was head of business with responsibility for the business sections of both The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph newspapers, as well as for Telegraph Online.
In his new role, Reece will work closely with Paul Downes, CEO of College Hill Capital Markets, in growing the business and underpinning the group’s international expansion strategy.
The agency’s capital markets business is the largest operation within College Group. College Group bought financial PR agency Merlin last August, of which Downes was managing director.
Richard Nichols, College Group’s chief executive, commented: ‘Damian has a first class reputation as a journalist and editor and his appointment adds a new edge to our profile and positioning.
‘It is also indicative of the direction in which we are progressing as we are joined by further high level advisers and teams who can make a similarly significant impact and contribution toward realising our strategic objectives.’
Reece added: ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in journalism and have had the privilege of working at some great publications, but I am very excited by the opportunity to move into the advisory world with College Group at this point in its evolution.
‘The firm is clearly well positioned for further growth and the achievement of its objective to become a leading global advisory firm. It’s a compelling proposition and especially so given the combination of financial PR with public affairs and other relevant services that it offers, and because it is a well- established business platform on which to build with strong financial backing in place for the further acquisitions of talent and businesses.
‘I look forward to working closely with Paul and with my new colleagues across the group in realising the opportunities ahead of us.’