HAMBURG: Berenberg Bank - Hamburg's oldest private bank - has
handed Karsten Wehmeier the top PR post of head of press and
Berenberg Bank was founded in 1590 by brothers Hans and Paul
Its volume of business totals more than pounds 1bn and the bank focuses
on individual services for private and business customers, commercial
lending, the financing and settlement of foreign trade transactions,
investment advice and portfolio management for private and business
Wehmeier is responsible for all the bank's communications, including
advertising, events and PR, as there is no marketing department.
He takes over the role from the bank's former PR chief Peter Hinrichs,
who retires after 16 years in the position.
Wehmeier will head a support team of three at the private bank, which
has 370 employees, including a renowned analysis team.
The division takes care of all PR for Hamburg and for the branches in
Berlin, Bremen, Frankfurt and Luxembourg.
Berenberg serves more than 5,000 private and corporate clients, for whom
selected functions and corporate events - such as concerts and golf
tournaments - are organised as publicity.
Wehmeier previously worked in corporate communications for Cologne-based
insurance group Parion.
He handles PR for the group's own life insurance companies, including