Chancery founder takes German bank’s top PR job

German investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW) – part of the Allianz Group – has hired Chancery Communications founder David Waller to fill its newly created head of corporate communications role.

Waller takes up the post next month and will be responsible for the bank’s internal and external communications, as well as being City spokesman for the Group.

Waller leaves Chancery less than a year after it merged with Cardew & Co to become CardewChancery (PRWeek, 8 November 2002).

He said: ‘This position seems natural for me at this point in my career.’

He will report to both head of group comms Emilio Galli-Zugaro and DrKW chief executive Andrew Pisker.

Waller said: ‘At the corporate level, DrKW’s parent, the Allianz Group, has signaled its commitment to DrKW.’

Waller will become one of a small number of DrKW senior staff with managing director status. He will be London-based but with a global remit, and will head a 20-strong team.

With 6,500 employees worldwide, DrKW is the investment banking arm of Allianz, which is among the world’s top ten financial services groups.

‘Allianz needs to deliver its messages to core audiences in the City both directly and via the media,’ said Galli-Zugaro.

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