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
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.