LONDON: Shandwick UK has restructured its financial practice, appointing Charles Lankester as chief executive.
LONDON: Shandwick UK has restructured its financial practice,
appointing Charles Lankester as chief executive.
Existing head John Reynolds - who built the practice up to handling M&As
collectively worth over dollars 10 billion last year - is leaving the
company next month to pursue other interests. Lankester thus has
incredible expectations to live up to. Among his top priorities will be
broadening the global reach of services offered to existing clients and
further expanding the client portfolio.
Lankester has served as MD of the financial practice and deputy
Reynolds’ right-hand man for the last six months. He assumed that post
following his return from Asia, where he held a succession of senior
jobs. He will also join the board of Shandwick UK.
Lankester, who will head a 25-strong team, said his long-term goal is to
use the agency’s global network of offices in order to make the
Shandwick name synonymous with financial PR. ’We have dedicated
financial teams in every major city in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific,’
he said. ’Finance is a global story, and we can deliver global
Lankester will report to the agency’s UK recently appointed chief
executive Philip Dewhurst. His promotion is the first of many
anticipated changes following Dewhurst’s arrival from Railtrack.
’The changes at Shandwick, together with my experience managing
financial PR from within a leading FTSE company, position Shandwick for
continued international growth,’ he said.
Shandwick boasts more than 50 financial clients, including the Press
Association, PricewaterhouseCoopers and French firm Esat Telecoms.