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PR giant appoints new MidEast chief to drive growth

Tim Wilkinson named new chairman of regional ops for Bell Pottinger; eyes business expansion

PR giant appoints new MidEast chief to drive growth
Lord Bell, chairman, Bell Pottinger.

Bell Pottinger, the international communications company, has announced the appointment of Tim Wilkinson as chairman of its Middle East operations.

The appointment is part of the company's focus on developing and growing its Middle East business, a statement said.

Wilkinson, previously a partner at the firm, will continue to be based in Dubai, with a focus on senior client relationships and counsel and seeking new business opportunities across the wider MENA region.

The company said he will focus on high value, strategic work for governments, corporations and individuals, and build upon Bell Pottinger's network of senior regional relationships in order to drive new business opportunities and partnerships.

He will continue to be responsible for establishing and growing the business in Kuwait, where he has extensive networks and experience, the statement added.

Bell Pottinger has operated in the Middle East for more than two decades, with offices across the region, advising top regional and international companies, financial institutions, governments and not-for-profit organisations.

Lord Bell, chairman, Bell Pottinger, said: "Tim has unrivalled experience of the Middle East and he will continue to bring regional and international experience and relationships to the existing Bell Pottinger team in the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain.

"Tim's knowledge of the region as well as his track record across corporate communications and public affairs will play an extremely important role in the further development of our company and I am confident will play big factor in our success over the coming years."

James Henderson, CEO Bell Pottinger, added: "The Middle East and the Gulf is a critical part of our growing Group business and during his first year with Bell Pottinger Tim has proved that he has the experience, relationships and local knowledge to continue to make a major contribution to growing our Middle Eastern business."

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