Mackey resigns as Debenhams PR chief

High street retailer Debenhams is to lose its first corporate communications director in November with the departure of Alex Mackey, who took up the post less than a year ago.

High street retailer Debenhams is to lose its first corporate

communications director in November with the departure of Alex Mackey,

who took up the post less than a year ago.



Mackey, who joined Debenhams last November after a career in financial

consultancy, has not taken a new job yet and is not expected to do so

before the new year. He reports to chief executive Terry Green, oversees

around 20 people and is a member of the company board.



Debenhams is understood to be undecided as to whether to replace Mackey,

although the company is actively seeking new communications

recruits.



’I’ve achieved much of what I wanted to at Debenhams and believe there

are almost unlimited opportunities for me within the outside world of

communications,’ said Macky. ’I am considering a number of offers, while

not ruling out the possibility of starting up on my own,’ he added.



During his time at Debenhams, Mackey oversaw the demerger of the chain

from the Burton Group and its relisting on the stock exchange.



He also reviewed the company’s consumer PR account. This was held by

Phyllis Walters PR when Mackey arrived and is now handled by Jackie

Cooper Public Relations. Maitland handled Debenhams’ financial and

corporate PR prior to Mackey joining and continues to do so.



Before joining Debenhams, Mackey worked at Ludgate for three years. He

was a director when he left the company. He was previously assistant

director at Grandfield.



Debenhams recorded half-yearly pre-tax profits to April of pounds 77

million, up 16 per cent on last year. The company has 88 stores in the

UK and Ireland and one franchise in Bahrain.



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