Peregrine Communications hires ex-Bell Pottinger Partner Alan O’Sullivan

Peregrine Communications, the specialist marketing communications and design agency, has hired Alan O’Sullivan, a former Daily Mail Online journalist and ex-Bell Pottinger Partner, to help expand its financial services offering.

Alan joins Peregrine as a director after taking a career break to launch his own FinTech communications start-up. Previously, he was Head of Financial Services at Fleishman Hillard and a Partner at Bell Pottinger. Before that, he was a journalist for over ten years, working for the Daily Mail Online and Guardian among others, while also freelancing for the BBC, Sky News and Channel 4.

Peregrine focuses on providing integrated marketing solutions alongside traditional PR, delivering all of the communications mix, with particular expertise in the asset management sector. It aims to broaden its scope going forward by moving into related financial services sectors including FinTech, banking, payments, foreign exchange and online financial management.

Anthony Payne, Founder and Group CEO of Peregrine Communications, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Alan into our expanding team. The combination of his journalism experience and building financial services-specialist offerings matches our future aims precisely. In the coming years, we plan to build on our reputation as the agency of choice for any financial services client seeking integrated solutions across digital, marketing and communications – working from our hubs in London and New York.”

Alan O’Sullivan, Director, Peregrine Communications, added:

“I have found clients are increasingly seeking more than traditional media relations in an effort to expand their operations and granular proof of the value of marketing communications support. Peregrine stood out for me as a company that combines the best of digital solutions, marketing innovation and incredibly savvy media relations within the financial services sector. I look forward to helping our extremely knowledgeable team develop into a range thriving sub-sectors, which are perfectly positioned to benefit from Peregrine’s integrated digital offering.”

Alan’s arrival follows that of another ex-Bell Pottinger senior hire in 2015 – former Associate Partner Charlie Wigan.

The firm has a proven track record within the alternative asset management sector and was recently voted Best Global Marketing Communications Agency at the Hedge Fund Journal Awards 2016.