This week's London appointments
Alex Jones, Kaizen
Kaizen has has announced that it has appointed Alex Jones to lead its digital PR strategy.
Alex joins from Motive PR where he has spent over a year overseeing the growth of its digital PR team and campaigns. Alex has previously worked with clients such as Raleigh Bikes, Cadent Gas and British Gypsum.
He commented: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Kaizen and leading their digital PR strategy. These are exciting times at Kaizen, with a raft of high profile clients coming on board.
“Kaizen is known for its strong company culture and vision, and has a track record of delivering superb PR campaigns. I am delighted to be part of such an ambitious and creative team.
“I look forward to using the experience I have gained in my previous roles to deliver PR campaigns that demand attention, and support Kaizen’s growth.”
Pete Reis-Campbell, CEO and founder of Kaizen, added: “It’s really exciting to have Alex joining the team, after a number of new client wins it was imperative that we hired someone with the vision and initiative to create campaigns that will deliver success for our clients.
“I’ve been familiar with his work over the last few years and I’m delighted he’ll be joining us to share his knowledge and experience.”
Sam Akinluyi, innocent drinks
innocent drinks has announced the appointment of Sam Akinluyi as its new UK and Ireland managing director.
Sam brings with him over 19 years of FMCG brand and commercial experience, having previously worked at Nestle and as sales director, grocery channel, at Mars.
He will remain as founding partner of PSALT, a not-for-profit organisation that works within retail to increase uptake of talent from different backgrounds and under-represented communities.
Sam Akinluyi, innocent’s UK & Ireland MD, commented: “I’m thrilled to be joining the innocent team and play a part in the company’s incredible story.
“The role presented an opportunity to work with a team that shares my values – that organisations can balance profitability with people and planet, while still being hugely successful.
“While at innocent, I’ll still be committed to the incredible work we do at PSALT and creating real, tangible change within the retail industry. It’s already been an exciting first week at innocent and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Douglas Lamont, CEO of innocent drinks, said: “We are delighted to have Sam on board – he brings a wealth of experience and a passion and commitment for shaping businesses into forces for good.
“At innocent, we’ve always wanted to do business the right way, and we know that Sam shares this vision. He will be a huge asset as we make those strides forward for the company.”
Kate Robinson, Ringley Group
Residential property consultancy Ringley Group has appointed Kate Robinson as its new relationship director to help drive the growth of its block management business.
Based in Ringley’s London headquarters, Kate will be responsible for dealing with existing clients on block management and will report directly to Mary-Anne Bowring, the company’s group managing director and founder.
Kate, who has over 17 years’ property management experience, joins Ringley from Crabtree Property Management, where she was associate director of operations for over two years.
Prior to her time at Crabtree Property Management, Kate was director of residential property at Battersea Power Station. She has also had roles at HMLHawksworth and James Andrew RSW, where she started her career.
Mary-Anne Bowring, commented: “Boasting nearly two decades’ residential property management experience, Kate will bring an immense wealth of knowledge and expertise to our block management division.
“Kate is pivotal in rolling our long standing vision of 100 per cent transparency in what we do to show what goes on on site every day 24/7, requiring staff to be tech enabled and visually accountable as well as putting native apps in residents hands.
“As relationship director, Kate will play a key role in executing our leaseholder engagement programme while also overseeing the integration of technological solutions, many of which have been developed in-house by Ringley, to the property management process to enhance transparency and our residents’ experience.”
Kate Robinson, relationship director at Ringley Group, said: “Ringley’s forward-thinking approach to property management, being ahead of the curve when it comes to embracing new technologies and innovation, is what attracted me to the company.
“Ringley has firmly established itself as one of the UK’s leading residential property consultancies and I am thrilled to be working with such a top class team.”
Daniel Halstead, Shoosmiths
Shoosmiths has announced that it has appointed Daniel Halstead as a new partner on its real estate team.
Daniel joins the firm’s Thames Valley office, bringing 20 years of experience and with particular expertise in development, investment and funding work, including acting for a number of student accommodation developers and operators.
Previously leading the housing and regeneration team in the Bristol office at TLT, Daniel has a track record of fostering client relationships.
Nathan Rees, partner and head of the Thames Valley Real Estate Team at Shoosmiths, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Daniel. His exceptional client base is testament to the hard work and dedication he has to his clients and to the sector as a whole.
“Daniel brings with him a wealth of expertise and an impressive portfolio of clients that I am certain will enhance our existing offering and aid in building the real estate team both locally and nationally.”
Phil Walters, Prosek Partners
Marketing and communications firm Prosek Partners has announced that Phil Walters has joined the firm as a managing director in the London office.
Prior to joining Prosek, Phil spent 14 years at Finsbury Glover Hering, where he was a managing director advising a range of domestic and international clients on capital markets communications including M&A, shareholder activism, capital raising, crisis and issues management, corporate communications, reputation recovery and investor relations.
Jennifer Prosek, founder and managing partner at Prosek, commented: “Phil adds significant depth to our team in London.
“Our private equity and special situations growth has been explosive, and Phil will greatly strengthen our capabilities in these areas. He also has the entrepreneurial spirit we love at Prosek.”
Phil said: “I’m looking forward to helping Prosek build out its fast-growing London office.
“The firm’s clients in the financial sector are hugely impressive and its private equity business is creating strong growth in special situations in London. I’m excited to help drive the growth of this offering.”
Christina Sigliano, Savills
International real estate advisor Savills has announced the appointment of Christina Sigliano as head of occupier services for its EMEA business.
Christina, who will be based at the firm’s Margaret Street head office in London, joins Savills from JLL where she has worked for the last eight years as a senior director both in London within the EMEA Capital Works team and Brisbane, Australia as part of the Tenant Representation team.
Prior to this Christina was vice president at H.O.K Architects where she worked across Europe supporting their regional partner network and expanding their coverage for 10 years.
Jeremy Bates, executive director and head of EMEA occupational markets at Savills, commented: “Christina has a wealth of expertise and knowledge across the real estate industry and we are absolutely delighted to welcome her to our growing team.
“Her passion and drive will be a huge asset to our global occupier services business both complementing our existing teams and helping to augment them further.”
Christina said: “With offices starting to reopen it has never been more crucial for occupiers to listen to their employees in terms of how they want to work and it is therefore a very exciting and important time for this market.
“I am very much looking forward to working with the teams at Savills to build on what is already a very successful business and being part of a firm that puts its people and clients first.”
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