Gazprom to establish UK media team

Russia's largest company is on the hunt for a head of media to set up a UK comms function.

The search comes as Gazprom, which accounts for 93 per cent of Russia’s natural gas production and around eight per cent of the country’s GDP, seeks to make inroads in the UK.

Gazprom has been at the centre of speculation that it would bid for FTSE-100 firm Centrica, owner of British Gas. The company made its first UK foray last week, buying Cheshire-based Pennine Natural Gas.

Gazprom, which was unavailable for comment, has approached a number of high-level comms professionals in the energy sector.

It made global headlines in January when it stopped delivering gas to the Ukrainian market amid an economic dispute.

Tulchan Communications has been drafted in to argue the benefits of Russian firm Severstal’s proposed merger with steel company Arcelor.

The companies struck a deal last month to repel a hostile bid for Arcelor from Mittal Steel, but this week Arcelor investors appeared to be turning towards Mittal, ahead of an investor meeting today (30 June).

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