Bell Pottinger to make senior appointments

Bell Pottinger will make a series of senior level appointments across the group’s international businesses. Sam Turvey, currently Managing Director in Dubai, will relocate to Hong Kong in early May, where he will take up the position of Managing Director in order to give a fresh perspective to the group’s Hong Kong team. Nicola Hooper, currently a Partner in the Dubai office, will become its new Managing Director where she will continue to nurture strong client relationships in the region. Nicola’s new role will also involve her working closely with Archie Berens, Managing Director of Bell Pottinger’s Abu Dhabi office, in order to implement a strategic growth plan across financial, corporate, government and consumer communications.

Tim Wilson, Chairman of Bell Pottinger Middle East, will also assume the additional role of Chairman of CSM Sport and Entertainment, Middle East and Africa, where he will oversee the opening of a new office in Dubai for the sports and entertainment agency while continuing to support the Bell Pottinger team in growing the geopolitical service offering.

“I am delighted to announce these appointments,” says James Henderson, Group CEO, Bell Pottinger. “They are a testament to our ability to attract and nurture brilliant talent which contributes to the continued success and growth of our international business. These changes are a great opportunity for Bell Pottinger’s international offices to offer clients even more of an integrated, global service. The connections between the Middle East and Asia are only getting stronger, so to be able to apply firsthand knowledge of the Middle East to businesses and individuals in the Far East – and vice versa – will be a real advantage.”

Bell Pottinger welcomes new Partner

Ehab Khairi has joined Bell Pottinger as a Partner in its Middle East business. Ehab joins the international PR agency from the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), where he was Senior Manager of Media and PR – VP, Corporate Communications for eight years. In his new role, Ehab will be based in Bell Pottinger’s office in Dubai, supporting clients across the wider MENA region, including in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Africa. He will also lead the agency’s team of 10 native Arabic speakers, based across its three offices in the Gulf.

“We are delighted that Ehab has joined our growing business in the Middle East,” says Tim Wilkinson, Chairman, Bell Pottinger Middle East. “He is a highly experienced and wise public relations practitioner, and he has a deep understanding of the Arabic language, local media landscape, as well as the regional business community. This senior hire illustrates our ongoing commitment to ensuring we offer a diverse range of senior PR consultants who can operate successfully in local and international environments.”

Ehab adds “Bell Pottinger already has a strong Arabic offer and my ambition is to keep developing it, in line with the needs of our diverse client base. I’m excited to be joining the team at an interesting time for companies and governments across the Middle East, and I look forward to using my experience to help make Bell Pottinger’s communications offering in the region an even more compelling one.”

Bell Pottinger Middle East welcomes Tim Falconer

Bell Pottinger’s Middle East practice has hired experienced journalist and Editor Tim Falconer as Associate Partner. Tim joins the international PR agency from the Wall Street Journal office in Dubai, where he was serving as Deputy Bureau Chief, managing a team of 12 reporters throughout the MENA region.

A global financial and commodities journalist with over 16 years’ experience, Tim previously managed the European Equity Markets team in London for Dow Jones Newswires. Before this, he ran the Energy Markets team for the Wall Street Journal, which included covering and attending OPEC meetings and writing on major oil firms like BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total.

In his new role, Tim will be based in Bell Pottinger’s office in Dubai Media City, supporting clients across the region including those serviced by the agency’s offices in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain; he will also focus on helping to build Bell Pottinger’s financial communications offering across the region.

“We are delighted that Tim has joined our growing business in the Middle East,” says Sam Turvey, Partner & General Manager, Bell Pottinger Middle East. “His time within the media has provided him with a deep understanding of capital markets, macroeconomics, the financial media, as well as the broader investment community. His experience will be particularly relevant to our clients and to our ongoing new business drive. In recent years, as regional capital markets have become more active, we are picking up increasing amounts of M&A, IPO, financial calendar and investor relations opportunities, and Tim’s awareness of how the international and regional financial media operate will be a huge asset to us.”

Tim adds, “Throughout my career as a journalist I always considered Bell Pottinger an industry heavyweight in the field of financial communications. I’m really excited to be joining the team at a time of rising capital market activity in the Middle East and look forward to using my experience in helping make Bell Pottinger’s communications offering in the region an even more compelling one.”