Boots to lose strategy chief in shake-up

The head of Boots’ strategic marketing unit, Rob Morgan, is to leave the company next month in another shake-up of the health and beauty company’s marketing team.

It is not known whether Morgan has a job to go to, and a Boots spokesman declines to comment on whether his job is being axed or the unit restructured.

Morgan took up his post when the strategic marketing unit was created in June 2000. It was briefed to take over product development and marketing from the category management teams at Boots Contract Manufacturing and Boots the Chemist.

The unit develops Boots “powerbrands”, such as Natural Collection and No 7, for the international business and other distribution channels.

Boots is reviewing its marketing services business. WPP Group has a £80m global services agreement with the retailer and the £44m UK ad account is handled by J Walter Thompson (MW August 7).

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