La Caixa names Puig as director

La Caixa, Spain's biggest savings bank, has named Eulalia Puig director of institutional relations and communications for its presidency and general management areas.

Puig will work alongside former IR chief Javier Zuloaga, now communications director, to manage a 20 strong team in Barcelona. She reports to Chairman Ricardo Fornesa and general manager Isidro Faine, according to media relations director Maria Luisa Martinez.

Formerly head of comms at La Caixa-owned water company Agbar, Puig is a long-term associate of Fornesa.

The appointment comes at a time of growing rumours about the bank's intention to lead a mega-merger between its top holdings Spanish-Argentine oil group Resol-YPF and Gas Natural, Spain's biggest gas supplier. The potential deal is seen as a precursor to a merger with power company Endesa, which would create a European energy colossus.

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