LONDON: Havas-owned financial and corporate agency Maitland has bolstered its team with two senior appointments.
Martin Barrow, The [UK] Times' former news editor, has joined the firm as a partner, while Laura Conaghan (née Humble) was hired as an associate partner from Man Group.
Both started at the agency this week.
Barrow had spent 24 years at The Times in a 30-year journalism career. As well as being news editor for three years, he was previously foreign news editor, business news editor, and health editor until he left the paper earlier this year.
Born and raised in Peru, Barrow is also a fluent Spanish-speaker. He will work with a number of Maitland's Spanish clients.
Meanwhile, Conaghan will join the firm's financial services practice after serving as PR manager at asset management giant Man Group - a client of Maitland.
Before joining Man, she spent five years as a reporter for Bloomberg News and four years as the press officer for the Treasury Select Committee.
“[Barrow's] experience of working across all aspects of The Times' news-gathering departments has given him a unique insight into the global media, while [Conaghan's] time in Parliament in particular means she will be able to advise clients on the critical interface between business, government, and the media,” said Neil Bennett, CEO of Maitland.
The agency has worked on a number of significant projects in recent months, handling PR for Vodafone in the $130 billion Verizon Wireless deal, and advising UKFI on the sale of part of the UK government's stake in Lloyds.
This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.