Former financial journalist Peter Krijgsman is tipped to take the
top communications job at investment bank ING Barings.
The appointment, which is due to be announced officially next week, ends
a three month search. Late last year the Dutch-owned bank hired
headhunters to trawl the market for suitable journalists and PR
professionals (PR Week, 15 November, 1996).
Based in London, Krijgsman will take overall responsibility for five
existing communications staff across four divisions: media relations,
internal communications, corporate entertaining and advertising. It is
not yet clear if his brief will also allow for the hiring of external PR
An experienced journalist, Krijgsman was editor-in-chief of
International Financing Review for five years. In 1993 he became a
freelance writer and worked for, among others, the Evening Standard. In
March last year he joined Merrill Lynch as an internal communications
consultant but has now left the post.
ING Barings was formed in March 1995 when Dutch financial services group
Internationale Nederlanden Groep (ING) bought Barings Bank and its
investment arm Baring Asset Management for the nominal price of one
pound. The bank collapsed the previous month as a result of the
activities of rogue trader Nick Leeson, which left Barings with pounds
860 million of liabilities.
Communications for the former Barings Bank was managed by Francis
Baring, who joined SBC Warburg as head of corporate communications in