However, Aldridge's actions failed to prevent a dip in Capita's share value and downbeat forecasts from some analysts.
'His departure will erode the group's competitive advantage, lowering potential growth' (Panmure analyst Mike Murphy, Reuters, 23 March). His value to Capita was noted: 'Aldridge leaves Capita decapitated' (Sunday Telegraph, 26 March).
Conjecture over 'cash for contracts' was not the only issue to dog Aldridge: 'Capita boss gets key role in Brown's pet project days after £1m Labour aid,' said The Times (24 March). But some commentators were exasperated that 'no presumption of the innocence or integrity of the lenders is entertained' (Will Hutton, The Observer, 26 March).
Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.