Top marketers go in Debenhams reshuffle

Debenhams chief executive Terry Green has cleared out the store’s top marketing executives in a company shake-up.

The roles of advertising and promotions director, held by Alison Dow, and visual and merchandising director, held by Guy Scarangello, were axed last week.

The two roles will be replaced by one new position – visual & promotions director. The company has appointed Debenhams director of the London region Hugh Bradley to the post.

A spokeswoman for Debenhams’ parent company the Burton Group says: “Following a review, the two positions were discontinued, and Alison Dow and

Guy Scarangello will leave by mutual consent.”

The moves come after Debenhams appointed agency Knight Leach Delaney to handle part of its 13m advertising account. This dealt a blow to incumbent TBWA which had been appointed last year and had developed Debenhams’ TV advertising campaign.

The changes are the latest in a line of top departures from the store during the past six months. In November, the job of marketing director, held by Judy Lindsay, was scrapped and marketing was put in Dow’s remit.

Other senior staff to leave recently include buying director Tony Indyke and finance director Paul Loft.

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