Murray lands global role at NM Rothschild

NM Rothschild and Sons, the blue-blooded merchant bank, has picked James Murray as its worldwide head of communications.

NM Rothschild and Sons, the blue-blooded merchant bank, has picked

James Murray as its worldwide head of communications.



Murray, who has been head of corporate affairs at Deutsche Morgan

Grenfell since 1994, takes up the new role of group corporate affairs

director at the end of April. The job is believed to carry a salary

package of around pounds 150,000 a year.



Based in London, Murray will head a department of three or four staff

and take overall responsibility for media relations, corporate identity,

advertising, internal communications, public affairs, and

sponsorship.



He will report directly to NM Rothschild chairman Sir Evelyn de

Rothschild but will also have a dotted line to the group’s vice chairman

Baron David de Rothschild in Paris.



The role covers NM Rothschild’s banking activities and its fund

management business and involves liaising with its PR agencies Lowe Bell

and Fishburn Hedges.



PR direction at NM Rothschild has remained uncertain since the departure

of Anthony Fry last April. Then corporate finance director Fry was

handed the additional communications brief after previous corporate

affairs director John Antcliffe left to join Dewe Rogerson in 1994.



A company source said that NM Rothschild was especially keen to boost

its profile in the international corporate finance market. The bank is

also set to announce changes to its structure next month.



’The decision was taken at a senior level that they needed a more

proactive communications function,’ the source said. ’NM Rothschild is a

high flyer in the corporate finance field but it doesn’t get the credit

for it.’



The NM Rothschild job is the latest in a string of top City PR posts to

be filled. In February Merrill Lynch appointed Jane Ageros as its

communications chief, while ING Barings and NatWest Group have appointed

Peter Krijgsman and Terry Collis respectively in the last three

months.



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