Smithfield Financial has recruited a merchant banker from ING
Barings to join as a director. Valeria Vescina, joins after nine years
at the bank.
Smithfield Financial chairman John Antcliffe, said: ’We always intended
to get a fifth director and we wanted someone with strong international
credentials and good experience in Europe.’
Vescina’s primary focus will be developing investor relations in
continental Europe. She will also be working on accounts relating to
consumer goods, financial services and converged media and e-business
Antcliffe said that despite Vescina’s lack of PR experience, her
knowledge of European mergers and acquisitions was a distinct
’Although a corporate financier by training, her skills are very
transferable to PR,’ he said.