Financial and corporate agency Merlin Financial Communication has
appointed Shandwick Consultants associate director Karen Simmonds as a
Merlin was established by directors Paul Downes and David Simonson in
1994. Simmonds becomes the third director at the 10-strong agency.
Simmonds joined Shandwick in 1995 where she advised clients including
British Gas and Courtaulds. Prior to joining Shandwick, Simmonds was an
associate partner at Brunswick between 1988 and 1995 where she handled
clients including the Burton Group.
Merlin clients include Airbus Industries, ING Barings and German bank
Bayerische Hypo Bank. Downes said: ’We are delighted to be taking on
someone of Karen’s experience and we envisage making further
appointments at the same level.’