Lindsay Searle, who resigned as PR manager at fund manager Gartmore two
weeks ago, is believed to have landed the top communications job at
French merchant bank Banque Paribas.
Searle, who worked at Gartmore for five years, will, according to
sources close to the bank, take up the new post in October at the end of
her three month resignation period.
She replaces Euart Glendinning who joined US merchant bank Morgan
Stanley as its first head of European corporate communications in May
(PR Week, 17 May). It is unclear what Searle’s precise role will be,
although she will certainly be based in London rather than the bank’s
Paris headquarters. Because London is the base for Banque Paribas’
operations in global capital markets, Searle is likely to take
responsibility for communications activities in that field.
She will also be expected to manage investor relations and internal
communications. for the bank’s 1,000 employees in the UK.
Communications in France are handled by Veronique Guillot-Pelpel.
Public relations at Gartmore - which was bought by NatWest Markets in
April - is now managed by marketing director Peter Yandle. Searle was
unavailable for comment.