The former partner and co-head of Kreab Gavin Anderson's financial services practice, Patricia Hamzahee, will join Fleishman-Hillard's London office at the beginning of March.
In the newly created role of head of financial services, Hamzahee will cover public affairs, corporate communications, reputation management, and investor relations, working closely with the agency's Brussels team led by Donald Ricketts.
She will also join the firm's management team and work closely with London staff including associate public affairs and corporate director James Dowling and public affairs consultant Sarah Jenkins, who recently joined the firm from the British government.
The appointment brings together Fleishman's UK financial services offering under one leader for the first time as the agency plans to expand its services in the sector.
At KGA, Hamzahee was a senior specialist for responsible investment and corporate governance with clients such as the UK Treasury's Asset Protection Agency. She is understood to have exited the agency amid a number of senior departures, reported by PRWeek last week.
Prior to KGA, Hamzahee served as executive director and chief administrative officer for the Debt Capital Markets business of Lehman Brothers in Europe and led communications and marketing for NatWest.
This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK, the sister title of PRWeek at Haymarket Media.