City & Corporate: The Week in the City

Kreab Gavin Anderson has been appointed by Smart Metering Systems to advise on its financial and corporate comms and public affairs activities.

Smart Metering Systems is based in Glasgow and connects, owns, operates and maintains metering systems and databases for major energy companies.

Laura Vergani has joined Alliance Boots as interim PR director, reporting to group comms director Yves Romestan. Vergani joins from Natixis Global Asset Management.

The City Property Association, the property industry body in the City, has called in Belgrave to provide comms support for 2012. Belgrave has been charged with raising the CPA's profile within the property media and establishing a digital media engagement programme.

FTI Consulting has launched a dedicated pensions advisory practice to bring together the comms advice it offers pension schemes. The team includes MD Ed Gascoigne-Pees, senior vice-president Matthew Cole and associate vice-president Tom Willetts.

IMQubator, the EUR250m hedge fund seeding platform established by Dutch pensions giant APG, has called in Peregrine Communications to handle its PR following a competitive pitch.

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