Amy Piek is promoted at Bell Pottinger Middle East

Bell Pottinger Middle East (BPME) has promoted Amy Piek to the role of Director. Having been with the agency for over three years, Amy was previously Associate Partner and assisted in building the firm’s Financial Communications & Investor Relations practice.

In her new role, she will work alongside fellow Director Tim Falconer (Dubai) and Archie Berens, Managing Director (Middle East) to facilitate in the separation of Bell Pottinger Middle East from the current owner Bell Pottinger Private Limited in the UK, which is to be put into administration.

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity for us.  As an independent and financially secure business with a strong and experienced team in charge of its own destiny, it will now be open to us to consider a whole range of options,” says Archie Berens, Managing Director, BPME, Middle East. “Our company has a long and proud tradition of working in the Middle East and it is now up to us to continue to build on that.  With my fellow directors Tim Falconer and Amy Piek, I cannot wait to get started on the next stage of the journey.  We are especially pleased to have been able to promote Amy, who has thoroughly deserved this and has a key role to play in our future.”

Bell Pottinger makes structural changes

Full-service and international communications company, Bell Pottinger has made several appointments and promotions within its Dubai office. Tim Falconer, previously Deputy Bureau Chief at The Wall Street Journal in the Middle East has been appointed to the role of Managing Director. With experience in financial and corporate practices as well as equity and oil markets, Tim will now oversee the strategic direction of the agency and help drive new business across the region and beyond.

Jennifer Kedissa, previously Group Account Director at APCO Worldwide, joins Bell Pottinger as Associate Partner and brings with her experience in strategic communications across Europe and the Middle East. In her new role, she will oversee a number of key clients in the corporate and financial space across the region.

Omar Nasro has been appointed to the role of Consultant. He brings both government and corporate communications experience across a range of industries. In his new role, he will support the Arabic speaking team across a wide portfolio of clients in the region.

Bell Pottinger will also see internal promotions of some its senior consultants as a part of the agency’s structural development. Amy Piek has been promoted to the role of Associate Partner in the Financial Practice, Rose Yousef to Associate Partner in the Corporate Practice and Rima Ali to Head of Arabic Content.

“I am delighted to announce Tim Falconer’s appointment as Managing Director, Dubai and to also welcome both Jennifer and Omar to the team,” says David Beck, International Managing Partner, Bell Pottinger. “Their respective experiences strengthens an already thriving team and will help us cater to a growing number of clients.”

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.”