Mackey leaves GCI Euro post after eight months

GCI Financial has lost its European chief Alex Mackey after he took

on the role less than eight months ago.



Mackey, who declined to comment, leaves his role as European MD, which

he took on last November from his former role as GCI Financial's UK

managing director.



Mackey is understood to be considering launching his own financial PR

and investor relations consultancy.



In a written statement, GCI Financial CEO Rupert Ashe said: 'Alex Mackey

had recently taken on the role of liaison and co-ordination for the GCI

Financial office network, reporting to me as head of the global GCI

financial practice.



'These responsibilities will revert to me. I will continue to

co-ordinate the roll-out of GCI Financial across other financial

centres. We have created GCI Financial in Germany, with Hans Jurgen

Schneider and Frank Weber leading the operation in Frankfurt. Rob Ferris

is expanding the IR practice in our New York office and we are doing

increasing amounts of work in Paris.'



Ashe added that any residual client responsibilities will be

re-allocated between existing board members.



Mackey joined GCI Financial in January 1999 from his position at

Debenhams as director of corporate communications.



GCI Financial underwent senior staff changes last November (PRWeek, 24

November 2000).



Philip Robinson joined as MD of the London financial PR division from

Cubitt Consulting, replacing Mackey when he moved into the European

role.



John Caine, who joined last June from his role as head of corporate

affairs at Alliance & Leicester, became chairman and Ashe took on the

chief executive post from his former role as chairman and CEO.



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