Morgan Stanley steals WSJE’s Portanger for PR

Morgan Stanley has poached Wall Street Journal Europe’s banking correspondent Erik Portanger in a bid to beef up comms for its institutional securities businesses.

Portanger, who has worked as banking correspondent for the WSJE for the last five years, is to take up a new executive director role within Morgan Stanley’s corporate communications department next month.

He will head media relations for its equity fixed income and investment banking activities.

Portanger will work alongside the six-strong media relations team’s other executive director Andrea Bothamley. Bothamley deals with media relations for the firm’s asset management, private wealth management and credit cards businesses.

Both Bothamley and Portanger’s positions report to managing director and head of international and corporate communications Euart Glendinning, who has overseen communications at the bank for the past nine years.

Prior to his current role at WSJE, Portanger worked for two years at the London office of Dow Jones & Company, WSJE’s publisher. He is also co-author of Boo Hoo: A Dotcom Story, an account of the rise and fall of online fashion retailer

From 1994 to 1997, Portanger was senior equity correspondent at Dow Jones in Sydney.

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