Edelman London has beefed up its financial team, appointing two key
directors from rival City PR firm Grandfield in a bid to boost
The agency has snatched Grandfield's head of plc and corporate, Stephen
Benzikie, and founding director Michael Henman as part of plans to
revitalise and bolster its existing 20-strong financial division.
Benzikie becomes Edelman's first dedicated London financial head and
Henman joins as director. Both start on 1 March.
For the last two years, London MD John Mahony has acted as financial
head. He said the practice had projected annual fee income to be worth
£5m in two years' time. It currently brings in fees of £1.75m.
The recruits have a remit to move the financial division - traditionally
strong in financial services and IR - further into high revenue areas,
such as mergers and acquisitions.
Edelman London chairman, Nigel Whittaker, said: 'We are very capable in
financial media and IR, but we didn't have substantial M&A, financial
calendar and IPOs.'
Benzikie added: 'We'll be looking to areas such as the FTSE 250, which
has so far been neglected'.
Financial PR has proved troublesome for Edelman London in recent
In 1998, Kirsty Macmaster was appointed European head, only to resign
less than six months later.
Whittaker blamed the lack of an integrated culture and said special
attention would be paid to that this time.
PRWeek understands the appointments follow an unsuccessful attempt by
Edelman to buy Grandfield last year.
Grandfield is currently recruiting to replace Benzikie and Henman.
Grandfield CEO Nick Boakes said: 'This represents an opportunity to find
some people who have more experience in the M&A area.'
Grandfield has made a series of senior structural changes coinciding
with the departures. Boakes has been promoted from MD to CEO.