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
’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.