City & Corporate: The Week in the City

M:Communications has boosted its Russian offering with the hire of Sam VanDerlip to help build its investor relations capability.

He joins from EuroChem, the Russian chemical firm, where he built 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.

Archipelago Resources, the AIM-listed South East Asian gold mining company, has brought in Buchanan Communications as its retained financial PR adviser. The firm's main project, Toka Tindung, is in North Sulawesi in Indonesia, and it also has assets in Vietnam and the Philippines.

KPMG has hired Anna White as a senior media relations manager. She was previously a media relations manager at fellow accountancy firm PwC.

Lipoxen, the UK biopharma firm, has brought in Walbrook PR to handle its financial PR and investor relations. The agency will support the firm's comms with media, analysts and the wider investment community.

Santander, the Spanish bank, has appointed Jonathan Akerman as a senior media relations manager. He was previously a PR manager at Prudential.

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