Shandwick UK restructures its financial practice, appoints Lankester as new chief executive

LONDON: Shandwick UK has restructured its financial practice, appointing Charles Lankester as chief executive.

LONDON: Shandwick UK has restructured its financial practice, appointing Charles Lankester as chief executive.

LONDON: Shandwick UK has restructured its financial practice,

appointing Charles Lankester as chief executive.



Existing head John Reynolds - who built the practice up to handling M&As

collectively worth over dollars 10 billion last year - is leaving the

company next month to pursue other interests. Lankester thus has

incredible expectations to live up to. Among his top priorities will be

broadening the global reach of services offered to existing clients and

further expanding the client portfolio.



Lankester has served as MD of the financial practice and deputy

Reynolds’ right-hand man for the last six months. He assumed that post

following his return from Asia, where he held a succession of senior

jobs. He will also join the board of Shandwick UK.



Lankester, who will head a 25-strong team, said his long-term goal is to

use the agency’s global network of offices in order to make the

Shandwick name synonymous with financial PR. ’We have dedicated

financial teams in every major city in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific,’

he said. ’Finance is a global story, and we can deliver global

results.’



Lankester will report to the agency’s UK recently appointed chief

executive Philip Dewhurst. His promotion is the first of many

anticipated changes following Dewhurst’s arrival from Railtrack.



’The changes at Shandwick, together with my experience managing

financial PR from within a leading FTSE company, position Shandwick for

continued international growth,’ he said.



Shandwick boasts more than 50 financial clients, including the Press

Association, PricewaterhouseCoopers and French firm Esat Telecoms.



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