M:Communications hires ex-PBN corp comms and crisis director

M:Communications is looking to boost its Russian offering with the hire of Sam VanDerlip to help build its investor relations capability.

M:Communications to bolster offering: Russia
M:Communications to bolster offering: Russia
VanDerlip joins from EuroChem, the Russian chemical firm, building its investor relations function. He has also worked as head of MDM Bank investor relations and was director of Russian agency PBN’s corporate and crisis comms practice.

M: established its Moscow office in May this year after luring Tom Blackwell, previously MD of PBN’s Moscow office PBN Company, to head up the venture.

Agency co-founder Nick Miles said: ‘Our Moscow office has real momentum and we are attracting blue-chip clients and high quality individuals to the team.’

VanDerlip’s appointment follows that of Anna Yarmarkova, who joined in September from PBN, and Yulia Shmidt, who joined in October from working as a senior correspondent at business newspaper Vedomosti.

M:’s clients in Russia include Exillon Energy, Mercury Group, O’KEY Group, Pharmsynthez, Raspadskaya, ROLF and VTB Group.

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