Leonid Fink has joined the 20-strong agency as a director with a brief to expand its portfolio in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and emerging markets.
He will also work on the financial consultancy’s general client list.
‘Leonid has spent over 15 years advising on business and public affairs,’ said Merlin managing director David Simonson.
He added: ‘His experience means he’ll be teaching us a lot of the time.’
During his time at the BBC, Fink covered the business and economic affairs of the former Soviet Union, as well as commenting on world business news.
He was responsible for the World Service’s daily business programming, including Business Class, a Russian business news show.
Prior to 2000, when he was appointed editor, Fink was a senior producer of the World Service’s World Business Report. Before that he was a reporter in Moscow.
Fink has an MA in Journalism from Moscow State University.
Merlin recently advised the initial public offerings of Russian TV company CTC Media, Kazakhstan zinc producer ShalkiyaZinc, and independent Russian oil and gas firm Timan Oil and Gas.