Former Coutts NatWest Group PR chief Deborah Botwood Smith has
joined global investment group Investcorp as corporate communications
Botwood Smith will be responsible for both external and internal
She reports to Lawrence Kessler, Investcorp head of administration,
general counsel and a member of the management committee. She replaces
Jo Crosland, who retires after 11 years at the firm.
Botwood Smith has been on holiday since being made redundant by Coutts
last year when a revamp of its corporate communications and marketing
divisions made her post expendable. Coutts’ corporate PR merged with the
marketing department and internal communications became part of the
She had reported to Andrew Fisher, commercial director of Coutts Group,
and oversaw a team of five in the UK, as well as an international team
based in Switzerland, Miami, Asia and the Channel Islands.
In her new role at Investcorp, she oversees a team of three in London,
Hill and Knowlton in Bahrain, Kekst and Brunswick in the US, Charles
Barker in Germany, AKKA in France and Farner in Switzerland.
Botwood Smith was previously vice-president of corporate relations at
Visa International and began her PR career at Burson-Marsteller.
Investcorp specialises in corporate investment in North America and
western Europe, real estate investment in North America and global asset
Kessler said: ’Deborah joins us as the markets we operate in expand