Pelham, which was bought in January 2010 by Bell Pottinger owner Chime Communications, has created the four-person group to help it develop new growth opportunities.
Joining Baroness Wheatcroft on the committee are ambassador John Danilovich, Land Securities chairman Alison Carnwath and vice-chairman of Hawkpoint Peter Kiernan.
James Henderson, managing director of Pelham Bell Pottinger, commented: ‘I am delighted to bring together such an extremely high calibre group of talented individuals from a broad cross-section of backgrounds. They will provide invaluable strategic and market-related advice to the firm and assist us in enhancing our profile in the UK.’
Baroness Wheatcroft was the editor-in-chief, Europe, of The Wall Street Journal until February 2011. Prior to this she became editor of The Sunday Telegraph in 2006 and was also appointed by London Mayor Boris Johnson to chair The Mayor’s Forensic Audit Panel investigating the finance and governance of the Greater London Authority and London Development Agency.
She commented: ‘In today's media world, companies need a holistic approach to public relations to get their message across most effectively. I'm delighted to be working with Pelham Bell Pottinger, a firm which really understands the needs of clients in a complicated market place and has already established an impressive track record.’
Carnwath, chairman of the UK’s largest listed property company Land Securities, has 31 years’ experience in international finance and investment banking. She is also senior adviser to Evercore Partners, an independent corporate finance advisory firm, and chairman of the management board and investment committee of private equity firm, ISIS Equity Partners. She is also a director of Barclays and Man Group.
Kiernan, vice-chairman of corporate finance advisory business Hawkpoint, has worked for more than 25 years in investment banking. Prior to joining Hawkpoint, he was a managing director and former head of UK investment banking at Lazard and a managing director at Goldman Sachs and at UBS Warburg.
Ambassador John Danilovich was chief executive officer of Millennium Challenge Corporation from 2005 to 2009 and former US ambassador to Brazil and Costa Rica. He is on the board of d'Amico International Shipping (DIS), one of the world's leading maritime companies, and Trilantic Capital Partners, an international private equity firm.
Ambassador Danilovich added: ‘The ability to effectively communicate corporate messaging is vital for economic growth. Pelham Bell Pottinger does this better than all others. I am delighted to join their board and look forward to enhancing and increasing their already robust and dynamic global financial communications network.’
Pelham Bell Pottinger advises more than 150 financial communications clients including world class brands. According to mergermarket league tables, the agency advised on 56 transactions valued at US$25bn last year.