GLG Partners, the US-listed asset management firm, has appointed Maitland's David Waller as its first director of communications. Waller has worked at Maitland for two years, since joining from Allianz Group where he was group head of external relations. Waller has also worked at investment banks JP Morgan and Dresdner Kleinwort and spent eight years as a journalist at the Financial Times. He will join GLG in November.
Psion, the mobile data hardware manufacturer, has hired Dave Scott as its first global communications director, with immediate effect. Scott joins from Fujitsu Siemens Computers where he was head of communications. Before this he held senior communications roles at Barclays and PA Consulting Group.
Powerscourt has taken on Roderick Cameron as a consultant. Until May 2009 Cameron was a partner at Brunswick and had worked in its South African office since 2004. On his return to the UK this year he established Westcliff Strategic, a comms consultancy focusing on companies looking to communicate internationally.
FD leads the way in terms of total retained UK-listed financial PR clients, according to the third quarter Hemscott Adviser Rankings Guide. FD gained eight clients, resulting in a 78-client lead over second-place Buchanan Communications. Brunswick retains third place, followed by Citigate Dewe Rogerson and College Hill in joint fourth place. Brunswick still leads the FTSE 100 financial PR rankings with 25, two clients ahead of Finsbury.
Argo International, the Lloyd's of London insurer, has appointed Haggie Financial as its retained PR adviser. The agency has also been retained by Argo Group, Argo International's Bermudian parent, to manage UK press activity and develop the group's market and investment profile in the UK and Europe. Haggie Financial partners Peter Rigby and David Haggie will lead the account.
South African Property Opportunities, an AIM-listed real estate fund, has handed a retained financial PR brief to Hogarth Partnership. The fund had previously used Bell Pottinger.