Illet told PRWeek he has decided to take a ‘short career break’ and will leave the company on Thursday (8 Feb).
He said he and his partner became foster carers last year and he had decided it was a good time for him ‘to take some time out while we get used to our new responsibilities’.
Comms responsibilities are to be split in the short-term between comms manager (events) Liz Thorpe-Tracey, MD Mike Everett and recently recruited interim marketing director Colin Trusler.
A decision has yet to be made on whether a direct replacement for Illet will be recruited.
Illet – a former journalist and producer at the BBC – joined MORI in 2001 as comms manager with a brief to raise the profile of its social research. He was promoted to head of comms three years ago.