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Honner announces senior appointments and client wins

Financial services PR and communications firm, Honner, has announced a number of staff changes as the company moves into its 20th year.

Paul Cheal, Philippa Honner and Susie Bell - Honner's management team

Paul Cheal, Philippa Honner and Susie Bell – Honner’s management team

Honner (previously Honner Media) was established in Sydney in 1997 by Philippa Honner and specialises in corporate, investment, professional and financial services communications.

Honner herself will move into an executive chair role and remain the majority owner of the business, while general manager and equity partner Paul Cheal has been promoted to managing director after five years with the firm.

Current account director and equity partner, Susie Bell, who has been with Honner for eight years, has been promoted to fill the role of general manager, but will also continue to lead the account teams servicing some of Honner’s largest clients.

Honner will work closely with Bell and Cheal to drive the growth and direction of the firm, a statement from the agency said.

In addition, Honner has appointed Rashmi Punjabi to the role of senior account executive.

Punjabi has five years’ experience in public relations, investor relations and equity research and joins from AdFactors PR in India. Both AdFactors and Honner are partner agencies in the GFCNet network – a global communications agency network.

A statement from Honner noted that over the past year, the agency has won business from MetLife, Henderson Global Investors, Cromwell Property Group and Liquidnet. The firm also supported the 2016 IPOs of Antipodes Global Investment Company and Watermark Global Leaders Fund.

With the key senior appointments and client wins, Honner said 2017 was shaping up to be another year of growth for the firm.

“We go into 2017 following another strong year of development and new partnerships, and will continue to expand our range of communications services to meet the changing needs of our clients and their stakeholders,” she said.

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