Veteran journalist Vernon Wessels appointed as Finance Media's MD

Vernon Wessels

Finance Media has hired veteran journalist Vernon Wessels with immediate effect as Managing Director.

Vernon joins from U.S.-based global news agency Bloomberg, where he helped build the Johannesburg office into one of the most formidable newsrooms in Africa in various roles as reporter, editor, manager and trainer. For the past five years, Vernon worked as finance editor for Bloomberg’s Middle East and Africa team, covering everything from billion-dollar bond deals and takeovers, to the inner workings of the monetary and financial systems of key economies in the region. He also participated in the Bloomberg Media Initiative for Africa, helping coach mid-career editors and reporters on how capital markets work, the use of data to tell stories, financial writing and ethics. Before joining Bloomberg in 2004, Vernon was markets editor and a columnist for Business Report.

Based in Cape Town and established by Lisa Brouwers and the late Bruce Allen, Finance Media has decades of experience in media relations, financial writing and reputational management for companies including banks, insurers, asset managers, healthcare funders and providers, property developers, actuarial consultants and law firms.

“I’m excited to join a company like Finance Media after working with them as a journalist and editor over all these years,’’ Vernon said. “The company has an impressive client base, a unique issues-management service that keeps executives informed of key developments relative to their industries, and a deep understanding of financial services and markets.’’

Lisa Brouwers, Chief Executive Officer at Finance Media, commented: “We’re fortunate to have someone of Vernon’s calibre as a member of our highly regarded team. His extensive experience enhances our ability to serve our growing customer base.”

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