Sheppard, who spent 12 years in financial services journalism before moving into PR via Vanbrugh, joined CDR last month.
Originally a reporter and news editor on FT Business's Financial Adviser, Sheppard joined financial newswire Bridge News in 1996 and worked as copy editor for two years.
He then moved to the FT's internet publications as news editor of FTYourMoney.com and head of content for FTAdviser.com.
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