City & Corporate: The Week in City & Corporate

FD appointed by AXA Investment Managers, Cadbury hires head of financial comms.

AXA Investment Managers has handed its retained UK financial and corporate PR to FD following a competitive pitch. Polhill Communications had previously held the account for more than three years. FD will all handle media relations in the UK for the asset management firm, with the exception of AXA Rosenberg and AXA Private Equity. The account will be led by Andrew Waterworth, MD of FD's financial comms practice.

Murphy Shipping and Commercial Services has handed a brief to Pelham to manage its corporate PR and to raise its profile in the operations sector. The Pelham team is being led by founding director Charles Vivian. The firm itself specialises in dry cargo shipping and freight forwarding services to the oil industry and offers an integrated service across different geographical regions including Africa, US, UK, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Cadbury has hired Trevor Datson as its global head of financial comms, replacing Alex Harrison who left the firm in June to become director of corporate media relations at GlaxoSmithKline. Datson moves from Danone where he was external comms director and previously served as head of corporate media relations at Tesco. Before this, Datson was Reuters' European retail correspondent for ten years.

Wienerberger, the world's largest brick manufacturer, has appointed Bell Pottinger North to implement and manage a national PR campaign. The agency is charged with delivering ongoing reputation management, proactive media relations, crisis comms and a targeted thought-leadership programme.

Dromeus Capital Management, a boutique investment manager based in Athens, has appointed Broadgate to raise awareness of the company and its fund - Dromeus Global Opportunities Fund. The fund is an emerging market fund investing in sovereign and corporate credit, currencies, local market interest rates and equities, which has increased its net asset value by more than 20 per cent since its July 2008 launch. The account will be led by Broadgate director Roland Cross.

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