The Week in City & Corporate

Barretto brought in by Madano; Phynova taps Capital MS&L

MADANO PARTNERSHIP has signed up former Bishopsgate Communications' COO Dominic Barretto as a partner. Barretto is charged with helping expand the agency. During five-and-a-half years at Bishopsgate he helped transform it into a 65-strong client portfolio firm.

Phynova group is using Capital MS&L for a 'public and investor relations programme'. Phynova is a developer of prescription pharmaceuticals derived from plants used in Chinese medicines.

Haggie financial has acquired the financial PR team of The Nexus Group. Headed by Nicholas Nelson, the team of three has built a strong franchise in smaller cap firms, with particular focus on the AIM and PLUS markets. Joining Nelson in the move are Kathy Boate and John Mundy.

Haggie financial has also hired the former deputy head of global media relations at Swiss Re. Samantha Whiteley was based in London.

Weber shandwick financial has made UK MD Ian Bailey executive vice-president and MD. Bailey will relocate to New York in July. He will 'develop and market Weber Shandwick's international financial communications and investor relations capabilities'.

abchurch has invited Justin Heath to join its board as a director 'in recognition of his contribution to the company since joining in 2004'. Heath launched Abchurch's Environmental Economy team and previously worked at Ogilvy, Porter Novelli and Huntsworth.

charlot oil & gas is now consulting Hogarth Partnership after its £45m AIM listing on 19 May. Julian Walker and Harriet Pask managed the IPO comms and will form the basis of the Hogarth team going forward. Chariot is an independent exploration group, focusing on the South Atlantic margins, specifically Namibia.

the tax incentivised savings association (TISA) has brought in Cauldron Consulting with effect from 1 July following a competitive pitch. TISA is a trade body in the UK savings and retail investment industry. Cauldron director Anne McMeehan, senior consultant Steve Radford and AD Esther Shickle head the account.

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