French-owned investment bank Banque Paribas has hired Shandwick
Consultants to handle media relations following the departure of its
London-based head of corporate communications Lindsay Searle.
The agency, which has put a four-strong team on the account, was hired
by Paribas’ London-based global capital markets division last week.
The contract is likely to extend for just three or four months, while
the bank finds a replacement for Searle, who joined Paribas last year
(PR Week, 26 July, 1996) from fund manager Gartmore.
A spokesman for Paribas in Paris said Searle had left on 17 March to
’concentrate on personal commitments’. She did not have another job to
Although there are six people in Paribas’ London corporate
communications department, he explained that they concentrate on
roadshows. Shandwick had been hired to plug the gap in media relations.