Ipsos MORI boss steps down to take 'career break'

Ipsos MORI's top communicator, Paul Illet, is to depart after six years with the polling giant.

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.

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