Economist Group’s chief executive, Helen Alexander, is to take over
from Nicholas Coleridge as chair of the Periodical Publishers’
Association, writes Colin Crummy.
She will act as deputy chairman
to Coleridge, managing director of CondÃ© Nast, until he steps down in
November 2006. Alexander has spent 13 years as chief executive of The
Economist Group. She joined the company in 1984 and was managing
director of The Economist Intelligence Unit from 1993 until the end of
A non-executive director of Centrica plc, a trustee of the
Tate Gallery, an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, and a
governor of St Paul’s Girls’ School, Alexander holds an MBA from Insead
and was awarded a CBE for services to publishing in 2004.
said: “On the principle that you should always be succeeded by someone
more successful, intelligent and attractive than yourself, Helen
Alexander was the perfect solution.
She’ll be sensational.”