Spencer, who currently chairs the CIPR’s corporate and financial group, will join the trade body for UK asset managers on 1 July.
She was most recently global head of media relations at international law firm Salans, which merged with fellow law firms SNR Denton and Fraser Milner Casgrain to form Dentons in March this year.
Previously, Spencer held a number of senior comms roles in the financial services sector, including UK head of comms at insurer RSA, head of PR at First Direct bank and head of corporate comms for Old Mutual International and Gerrard.
Spencer commented: ‘This is a challenging but exciting time for the industry which needs to prove itself to the end clients and highlight what a key contribution it makes to the UK economy and society as a whole.
‘Recently HM Treasury launched its campaign to boost the investment management industry and make the UK a more competitive fund domicile. I’m looking forward to joining at a time when there is a huge and very real opportunity to turn public perception and elevate the UK’s position.’
The IMA is the trade body for both retail and institutional asset managers who manage £4.2 trillion of assets in the UK as of December 2011, making the UK the world’s second largest investment management centre behind the US.
Daniel Godfrey, IMA chief executive, added: ‘We have set a very stretching task to help our members achieve their potential to fulfil very important responsibilities to individuals and to the economy. Our ability to communicate and advocate best practice will be critical and we are fortunate to have found in Annette such an able all-round communications professional to help us succeed.’