City & Corporate: The Week in the City

Zurich, the UK arm of the Swiss financial services giant, has hired Rajan Lakhani from EDF as senior media relations manager.

Lakhani will manage media relations for 'global corporate UK' as well as Zurich's corporate responsibility programmes and other cross-UK activity.

Arbuthnot Banking Group, owner of private bank Arbuthnot Latham, has appointed former ABTA comms boss David Marshall as its first comms director to raise its profile with media stakeholders.

Spectra Systems Corporation, a provider of technology for banknote and product authentication, has called in Abchurch to handle its financial PR before the firm's forthcoming IPO on AIM at the London Stock Exchange.

The World Gold Council has recruited Brenda Bates as its director of comms. She joins from BPP, University College of Professional Education, where she was director of comms.

MHP Communications has won a retained financial and corporate PR account from Brooks Macdonald Group, the UK-listed wealth management group.

Webb Capital, the listed financial advisory and services group, has hired Buchanan Communications to handle its financial PR.

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