The Week in City & Corporate

Broadgate to promote NSAFS, Russian bank hires Citigate Dewe Rogerson.

- Broadgate has been hired to manage the PR for the National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS), the financial services training provider, following a competitive pitch process. The brief will see Broadgate elevate the public profile of NSAFS and communicate the benefits of education and skills training to financial services employers.

- Citigate Dewe Rogerson's Qatar office has won a mandate to lead PR for Russian investment bank VTB Capital in the Gulf. The account is led by director Andrew Hey and Doha-based director Sebastian Hoyle. Wholly owned by VTB Group, Russia's second largest bank, VTB Capital is the investment banking business of the bank focusing on the debt, equity and global commodities markets.

- Merlin, the financial PR specialist, has appointed investment banking expert Philip Swatman as its chairman. Swatman was vice-chairman of investment banking at NM Rothschild from 2001 until his retirement in September 2008, having joined in 1979. He worked on high-profile deals such as the sale of Chubb to Williams and the IPOs of Vodafone and William Hill.

- Smithfield will be working on the deal that sees the Government sell the commercial arm of the UK's Atomic Energy Agency, UKAEA. The business unit specialises in waste management and the decommissioning of old nuclear plants as well as building new facilities. A privatisation is expected to go through by the end of the year.

- PhonepayPlus, the regulator of phone-paid services, has appointed Simon Bates as director of standards and comms. Bates has been performing the role on an acting basis since November 2008, having previously been a spokesman at Ofcom. Separately, the company has brought in Brands2Life, following a three-way pitch, to provide corporate and consumer consultancy and support to the in-house team.

- Carbonetworks, a global specialist in carbon management, has appointed Westgate following a competitive pitch to handle its corporate PR programme in the UK. The appointment follows the US firm's recent international expansion.

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