OPINION: My Best Hire

Ian Monk Associates founder Ian Monk on the 'voracious' charm of Kimberly Bernhardt

'PR blondes famously tend to be ten a penny. This one was immediately different - a vice-like handshake, a sharp intellect and the ability to communicate with clients and media alike.

'She's creative, clever and a voracious worker - charm personified, but no one's fool. At £20,000 per year, she was, for me, the best account executive on the block.

'I hired her in 2001 for MacLaurin Media in its glory days under Brian MacLaurin and she rose fast to senior account manager, winning business and running accounts with style and humour. She was soon costing a lot more than £20k.

'Now she has her own business, I look forward to pitching against her - and even winning a few'

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