Merrill Lynch restructures its media relations team

Investment bank Merrill Lynch has restructured its senior media

relations team for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Outgoing media relations head Robert Corrigan leaves at the end of

September after three years in the London office to join Merrill Lynch

New York, where he will be a media relations director in charge of

technology and strategic initiatives.

Former media relations VP Neal Jenkins has been promoted to head the

EMEA division in place of Corrigan. Richard Creswell, currently

corporate communications manager at rival Lehman Brothers, takes

Jenkins' former post next month. Together, the pair have a brief to

implement a media relations strategy for the EMEA region.

Jenkins will also oversee the region's ten-strong financial agency

roster, which includes Finsbury in the UK, BSMG in Germany and

Burson-Marsteller in the Nordic region, as well as helping raise Merrill

Lynch's profile.

'I am now responsible for setting in place the strategy for media

relations and handling all corporate affairs for the region,' said

Jenkins, who now reports to director of marketing and communications,

Jane Ageros.

'It will be partly a more strategic role, but also continue to be mostly

a hands-on remit.'

Creswell leaves Lehman Brothers after four years heading a team of four

in corporate communications. He had previously spent three years as a

press officer at Ernst and Young. A Lehman Brothers spokesman said the

bank is currently in the process of recruiting to replace Creswell.

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