Lockstone lands Edelman City job

Edelman has poached Merlin director and former Alliance & Leicester director of corporate comms Paul Lockstone in a bid to rebuild its City practice.

Lockstone joined the agency last month as director of financial, plugging the gap left by the defection of Stephen Benzikie to Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial last year.

Lockstone joined Merlin in September 2001 after a three-year stint at banking group Alliance & Leicester. He had previously spent two years as head of European PR at PricewaterhouseCoopers' tax and legal services arm. He was NatWest UK head of PR between 1993 and 1996.

The departure of Lockstone, who had options at Merlin, leaves the firm with five directors.

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