Citigate Dewe Rogerson has brought in Maria Darby-Walker as senior director within its financial team.
Darby-Walker has some 25 years’ experience in advising board and senior execs on strategic and reputational issues. Her experience includes advising the boards of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Rio Tinto, Iglo/Bird’s Eye and having a key role in the Cadbury defence team against the hostile takeover from Kraft.
She also managed the comms for Outer Mongolia’s biggest mining project, Oyu Tolgoi, and handled comms programmes across Europe, Africa, the Americas and Australia for Cadbury and across Europe for Iglo Group during the horse-meat scandal.
More recently, she has been a non-excutive director at AIM-listed oil and gas firm, Gulf Keystone Petroleum. She is also a Trustee of the charity Hostage UK.
Patrick Donovan, Citigate Dewe Rogerson MD, said: “Maria brings both a wealth of in-house and consultancy experience with her as well as a strong understanding of a breadth of sectors including natural resources, oil and gas, FMCG and financial services amongst others. I am looking forward to working with her.”
Darby-Walker added: “I am proud to be joining Citigate Dewe Rogerson with its impressive credentials for privatisations, IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. Its client list is exceptional and I am very much looking forward to working alongside the CDR team.”