NEWS: Midland remains tight-lipped over Baker departure

Midland Bank head of public affairs Duncan Baker has left the company less than a year after taking up the job.

Midland Bank head of public affairs Duncan Baker has left the company

less than a year after taking up the job.



Baker, who was previously deputy to Mary Jo Jacobi, head of group public

affairs at the high street bank’s parent company HSBC Holdings, had

headed up a department of more than 30 staff.



The department is responsible for the whole gamut of corporate

communications activities including media relations, sponsorship,

internal communications, advertising, donations, events and corporate

identity.



Midland head of media relations Noel Privett declined to comment on the

reasons for Baker’s departure or shed light on where he could be

contacted, saying only that he had left to ‘pursue other interests.’



When Baker’s predecessor in the role, Richard Lewis, left Midland last

year the bank was similarly obscurantist, claiming he had gone to

‘pursue other career options.’



HSBC, which in February announced pre-tax profits up 16 per cent to

almost pounds 3.7 billion, has recently been criticised by shareholders

unhappy at the banking group’s pay incentive scheme for its directors.



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