City & Corporate: The Week in City & Corporate

Marran recruited by Standard Chartered as corporate head

Christiana Marran has joined Standard Chartered as its regional head of corporate affairs UK, Europe & Americas. She had been head of global marketing & corporate affairs, EMEA at Bank of America.

Redleaf Communications' City & Corporate team has been appointed as PR adviser to Jerusalem-based Gamatronic, the manufacturer of power supply systems and technology. BrandFinance's Global Banking 500, an annual review of the top banking brands in the world, has named HSBC as the most valuable for the third year in a row. It increased its brand value by 12 per cent to $28.5bn, ahead of Bank of America and Santander respectively. Santander was named the world's fastestgrowing retail bank brand.

Carte Blanche Commun-iCations, the specialist in high-net-worth financial and luxury sectors, has recruited Duncan Kerr as a director of communications. Previously, he was editor of fixed income capital markets at Financial News and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal.

M:Communications was engaged to support the visit of Afghanistan Minister of Finance, Omar Zakhilwal, to London last week, as well as his government's involvement in the London Afghanistan Conference. Led by M:'s Gulf MD, Nicholas Lunt, the agency supported media and political outreach, including meetings with government and shadow ministers, and interviews on the Today programme, Sky News and Bloomberg.

Abchurch is supporting the forthcoming flotation of debt collection company Winterhill Group. Winterhill is planning to raise £6m to back a programme of acquisitions.

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