Smithfield Financial has appointed Gerard Wichers as its first head
of investor relations.
Dutch-national Wichers joins from IR specialist Taylor Rafferty
His remit is to develop a stand-alone investor relations product for
Smithfield Financial, which will be offered to potential international
He will also work for some of Smithfield’s existing clients, which
include the Bank of Ireland, Stagecoach and National Power.
There are plans to further develop Smithfield’s IR offering, but there
is no confirmation of the size of team Wichers will build. However
managing director John Kiely told PR Week: ’There will be more senior
appointments in the near future.’ He added that Smithfield would be
building its international credentials by employing more non-British
Wichers qualified as a lawyer in 1991, and briefly worked for the United
Nations before attending business school in the US. He has worked for
several Dutch companies including mail, express and logistics company
TNT Post Group, where he was head of investor relations.
During this time he worked through the demerger from Dutch postal giant
KPN, and subsequent listings on the New York, London, Frankfurt and
Amsterdam stock exchanges.