City & Corporate: Benchmark Search appoints Potts

City headhunter Benchmark Search Group has hired former Smithfield director Debbie Potts to help drive its PR strategy as demand for recruits in the financial district escalates.

Potts joined the firm last week as its fourth director, reporting to managing director David Montgomery. He said her role would be to build the company's client base among FTSE 100 and FTSE 250-listed companies, where Benchmark sees the most growth opportunities.

He added: 'We have been operating for two and a half years, and a lot of our business comes through word of mouth. Debbie will put plans in place, draft statements, host dinners and get our name out there more methodically.'

Montgomery attributed growth in the recruitment market to corporate confidence in the strength of the economy.

Benchmark's clients include JP Morgan, Financial Dynamics, reinsurer Aon and the Investor Relations Society. Smithfield is recruiting for a director-level replacement for Potts, expected by the autumn.

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