Hume Brophy hires Broadgate Mainland's Vaughn-Thomas to lead financial services PR

Global PR, public affairs and investor relations firm Hume Brophy has appointed Broadgate Mainland executive director Roddi Vaughn-Thomas to a new role heading its global financial services PR business, PRWeek has learned.

It is understood that Vaughn-Thomas, whose focus has been financial PR at Broadgate Mainland, will have the new job title of MD of Hume Brophy’s financial services PR practice.

The appointment follows a number of high-profile hires at Hume Brophy in recent months, including Martin Reidy and Simon Elliott of FTI Consulting as Asia MD and international corporate head respectively.

It also follows a period of growth for the agency, which was founded in 2005 and now employs around 80 people at offices in the UK, Ireland, Brussels, Singapore, Paris and New York. Financial services is among its biggest business specialisms; the agency’s clients have included Veritas Asset Management and financial services outsourcing provider Throgmorton. Other specialist areas include healthcare, energy and infrastructure.

Roland Cross, director at Broadgate Mainland, said: "Following his resignation we placed Roddi on gardening leave until his contract expires in September 2015. We will be announcing a new executive director appointment shortly, but the team-based approach to client activity ensures clients continue to receive the high level of service expected of Broadgate Mainland."

Vaughn-Thomas spent more than four years at Broadgate Mainland, before which he was a partner and financial PR consultant at Peregrine, the financial PR agency specialising in asset management.

Hume Brophy declined to comment.

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