StanChart hires BPC&F’s Lambkin for media role

International retail bank Standard Chartered has poached Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial director Charlotte Lambkin, as the bank expands operations in the Pakistani retail market.

Lambkin, who has worked at Bell Pottinger since 1995 and is a board director, will join StanChart in the next few months as its head of media relations, following an internal restructuring of comms functions.

As well as Standard Chartered, Lambkin managed several key Bell Pottinger financial PR clients, including BAE Systems, Chelsfield, Sagitta Asset Management and Richemont.

Lambkin will be in charge of media relations and comms policy for the markets in which Standard Chartered operates; the largest being Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Dubai and the Maldives.

Based in London, she will co-ordinate the activities of StanChart’s local corporate affairs teams, totalling 80 people worldwide.

Lambkin will report to former head of media relations Paul Marriage, who has taken on the new role of head of corporate communications and reports to Standard Chartered head of group corporate affairs Tracy Clarke.

Marriage said his role will cover responsibilities such as issues and reputation risk management.

He added that he and Lambkin would have some responsibility for agency support to StanChart, which uses Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial for financial calendar work and Finsbury for special projects including overseas acquisitions.

Marriage said the bank had no plans to review its relationship with its retained agencies in the next year.

Standard Chartered specialises in Asian retail banking and is in the midst of an aggressive push into Pakistan. In July, the bank became the first foreign bank to sell Islamic banking products in Pakistan. Earlier this month it opened a new branch in Karachi, increasing its network in the country to 22.

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